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Saturday, March 31, 2018 (2 events)

Cherokee’s Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament

Saturday, March 31 to Sunday, April 1

For 2018, Cherokee's fishing season “opening day” will be March 31, 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 Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 

KOA Spring Fishing Tournament

Saturday, March 31 from 6:00 am to Sunday, April 1 at 4:00 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 and the ticket for participation is $11.

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