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Saturday, March 25, 2017 (2 events)

Cherokee’s Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament

Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, March 26

For 2017, Cherokee's fishing season “opening day” will be March 25, and we are offering you 20,000 reasons to get excited about it. Our Opening Day Fishing Tournament requires just an $11 entry fee to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish. You’ll be competing in the rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Beetle Stage Pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold. 

KOA Spring Fishing Tournament

Saturday, March 25 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Cast your line for a chance to compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Spring Fishing Tournament this March. Fishing permits, required for Cherokee streams or ponds, are $10 for each person 12 years and older. Permits are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online at Accommodations available at This event is only open to KOA campground guests.

Event Schedule:

Fishing from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Prizes and awards will be announced at 7 p.m.
Half priced tags on Sunday (March 26) until noon

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