Fishing in Cherokee | Cherokee, NC

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Fishing in Cherokee

These waters are teeming with fish and history. Here you're likely to catch a lot of both.

Cherokee’s epic fishing opportunities are legendary throughout Western North Carolina for a simple reason: here, you’re sure to drop your hook and catch a really good time. With fresh-running waters full of secret fishing holes, miles of freestone streams that are stocked with beautiful trout, and big-money tournaments for those who like to compete, if you like to fish, you’re going to love Cherokee.

If you find yourself looking for a comfortable place to rest your head in Cherokee, have a quick tour of our accommodations here.

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Handicapped-Accessible Fishing Piers

Cherokee has thoughtfully placed handicapped-accessible piers so everyone in your party can have a great time fishing here.


Oconaluftee Islands Park

On any given warm, sunny day, you’ll find plenty of folks casting a line, dropping a hook, or even trying to build an ancient Cherokee fishing wier in the shallow, clean waters of the Oconaluftee River.


Tribal Trout Hatchery

Cherokee’s freestone rivers and streams are well-stocked and teeming with life, thanks to the hard work of the Fishing & Wildlife division. Stop by for a first-hand look at their careful efforts to preserve indigenous species and make fishing fun.


Trout Ponds

Cherokee’s Fishing & Wildlife division also maintains and stocks convenient ponds for those who love to fish, but don’t love the hiking and effort of finding a secret fishing hole. Instead, we’ve made some for you!


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