Cherokee Fishing

Catch Trout Year Round When Fishing in Cherokee NC
We are very proud of the Oconaluftee River, which boasts thirty beautiful miles of clean, clear, well-stocked river that runs through the Qualla Boundary. For your next fishing trip, plan a vacation to Cherokee, NC, home to some of the finest fishing for brook, rainbow and brown trout found anywhere in the U.S. Unlike many other trout fisheries, our rivers and ponds are open year round.

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Upcoming Cherokee Fishing Events for 2013

Shiver in the River Fishing Tournament – February 1, 2 & 3 – 2013
Shiver in the River requires only registration and a small entry fee of $11 and provides access to hundreds of specially tagged fish stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. This fishing event is open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. For more info visit http://fishcherokee.com/shiver.html.
 
The Third Annual Cherokee Opening Day Trout Fishing Tournament -March 29 & 30 – 2013
This opening day event requires only registration and a small entry fee of $5 and provides access to hundreds of specially tagged fish stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. This fishing event is open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. For more info visit http://fishcherokee.com/tagged.html.
 
Cherokee’s Summer Kickoff Trout Fishing Tournament – April 26, 27 & 28 – 2013
With just registration and a small $11 entry fee – available everywhere Cherokee fishing permits are sold hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. For more info visit http://fishcherokee.com/tagged.html.
 
Cherokee’s Memorial Holiday Trout Fishing Tournament – May 31-June 1 & 2 – 2013
Registration and a small $11 entry fee give fisherman access to hundreds of specially tagged fish stocked in the public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. For more info visit http://fishcherokee.com/tagged.html.
 

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Cherokee’s Mid Summer Trout Fishing Tournament – July 12, 13 & 14 – 2013
Registration and an affordable $11 entry fee – available everywhere Cherokee fishing permits are sold – provides fishing enthusiasts with access to hundreds of specially tagged fish stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. For more info visit http://fishcherokee.com/tagged.html.
 
Cherokee’s End of Summer Trout Fishing Tournament – September 6, 7 & 8 – 2013
Registration and a small entry fee of $11 – available everywhere Cherokee fishing permits are sold – provides fishing lovers with access to hundreds of specially tagged fish stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. For more info visit http://fishcherokee.com/tagged.html.
 
12th Annual Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby – TBA
The rivers the flow through Cherokee are nationally known as exceptional trout waters. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians generally hosts its Annual Talking Trees Trout Derby in early August for children ages 3-11 at the Oconaluftee Islands Park in Cherokee, NC. As many as 2,000 children and their families are expected to participate in the free event that includes hands-on fishing demonstrations, entertainment and a full day of trout fishing. Fishing equipment, breakfast, lunch, t-shirts and more are provided at no cost to the participants.

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For more info please visit http://www.cherokeetroutderby.com/index.htm
 
The Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby has been named one of the “Top 20 events” in 2007 by the Southeast Tourism Society.
 
Location: Oconaluftee Islands Park
Contact: Marsha Davis 828.497.1898
 

Cherokee Fishing – A Tradition of Trout

Tribal management is passionate about providing the most accessible and abundant fishing destination – stocking nearly 400,000 trout a year and conserving the forest waterways, stream banks, stream entry points, and bridge ways. A precious natural resource, the stream system connects 30 miles of freestone streams that include secluded forest settings, suburban road side areas, as well as the Cherokee, NC town center. We welcome every kind of courteous angler and especially beginners on their way to becoming experienced fishers. Over 40 shops and stores offer authorized fishing permits, and a growing number of tackle shops supply both expert and novice gear including flies, tackle, and bait. We invite you to explore the joys and rewards of freestone fishing and getting to know the unique Cherokee Enterprise Waters.
 

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The Freestone Stream – A Unique Aspect of Fishing in Cherokee NC
It’s alive, natural, and ever changing. Found only in high elevations and foothills, a freestone stream is formed by runoff rain or melting snow water that collects as gravity pulls it off mountaintops, forest floors, and isolated coves. As the water descends ever rapidly, chaos happens – trees are uprooted, rocks dislodge, boulders crash, and streams carve out their course as they form. Our streams require maintenance during spring flooding. Depending on rainfall, don’t be surprised if a favorite run is returned to rubble or scenic bend has acquired an inviting new stretch of riffles and pocket pools. It’s exciting that each time you return, the mighty and pure waters of the Smoky Mountains will have once again carved out surprises and the fish will once again be there.
 
Now, together, let’s find out where the big ones are biting.
 
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