The Qualla Country Trout Tournament | Cherokee, NC

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The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Saturday, September 5 to Sunday, September 6


Cherokee Enterprise Waters
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Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Paula Price
Phone: 828.359.6110

Just announced: The Qualla Country Trout Tournament is on!

Only one fishing tournament offers enough prestige and bragging rights to carry both the official name of Cherokee’s home and the season’s biggest purse: $20,000. The Qualla Country Trout Tournament is taking place, despite ongoing concerns related to COVID-19. To address those same concerns, Cherokee’s Fisheries & Wildlife Management Division has slightly adjusted the standard tag turn-in procedure. Here’s how that’s changed to protect all our anglers:

First, you may turn your tags in on tournament days only, from 3-6 p.m. 


  • Head to 88 Council House Loop, Cherokee NC, which is located next to the Veterans Park/Council House entrance, across the road from the Cherokee Welcome Center.

  • Pick up and fill out a sign-in sheet and a W-9 form at the parking area entrance.

  • Place your completed sign-in sheet, W-9, valid permit, proof of registration, and colored tags in the envelope provided to you at the entrance. (Please note: We know you’re proud of the fish you’ve caught, but we only need to see tags!) 

  • Drive around the building to the drive-thru window.

  • Hand your envelope to a friendly staff member at the window, where we’ll also distribute the cash prizes.

The trout, the purse, and the bragging rights are the biggest of the year.

With your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit, you’ll be competing for your share of $20,000 in the pristine, freestone streams of Cherokee (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. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at by Friday, September 4, 2020. 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. 

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