For 2022, Cherokee's fishing season “opening day” will be March 26, and we are offering you 20,000 reasons to get excited about it.
Our Opening Day Fishing Tournament requires a $15 entry fee and a $17 two-day fishing permit 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, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each tournament day.
Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or online at FishCherokee.com by Friday, March 25, 2022. 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.
Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.