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Cherokee's Trout Fishing Tournaments

Fish Cherokee LogoIn 2011, the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship was held in Cherokee's Tribal Waters — the first time the National event had been held in the Southeast. For more information on fishing tournaments, visit Fish Cherokee, a website devoted exclusively to Tribal fishing events.

Fishing & Boating

Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management

1840 Painttown Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-359-6110
Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management offers over 30 miles of stocked rivers and streams of enterprise waters. Choose from hundreds of fishing spots including secluded private spots, 3 easily accessed ponds or 3 handicap piers. The enterprise waters include 2.2 miles of catch & release fly fishing waters that are open year around. To fish these clear running streams, river or ponds, you only need a fishing permit. Purchase permits from many local vendors.

Panther Creek Cabins

Contact: Noel and Miriam Blakely
3542 Wrights Creek Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
Local 828-497-2461
Panther Creek Cabins Premier creek side cabins. Honeymoon cabins and cabins for large groups all decorated with antiques and Native American decor. All cabins have furnished kitchen and fireplace. Cabins with jacuzzi are also available. Linens and firewood provided. Enjoy the creek, hiking trail and 60 acres of mountain beauty. Minutes from downtown Cherokee, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, fishing, major attractions and activities. Gem Mining in the creek at the cabins for guests only. Wedding by appointment. We can also perform Traditional Cherokee Weddings. We are open from Mon - Sat 9 am to 9 pm
Sunday from 3 to 5pm (on call by messages)
We speak Spanish

River's Edge Outfitters

61 Big Cove Rd - Saunooke Village
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-9300
River's Edge Outfitters Cherokee is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountain National Park on the Cherokee Qualla Boundary. With over 3000 miles of trout water within an hour's radius of our shop, this area boast's some of the best fly fishing on the East Coast. The Tuckasegee River, the Nantahala River, the Oconoluftee River, the Raven's Fork, and the Little Tennessee River are just a few of the river systems that we fly fish. Looking for trophy trout on the fly? The Raven's Fork catch and release fly fishing only section is one of the best public trophy water fisheries in the southeast. With most trout averaging 18+ inches this fishery offers the fly fisherman the opportunity to catch trophy trout on one of the most scenic river systems in Western NC.

Fontana Village Resort & Marina

300 Woods Rd
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
Toll Free 800-849-2258
Fontana Village Resort & Marina Located in Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Fontana Village Resort offers a range of accommodations, including rooms and suites in The Lodge, cabins, and RV and tent camping along the Little Tennessee River. The resort also features a marina and supply store, boat rentals, convention and event space, restaurants, shopping, fitness center, pools, championship disc golf course, whitewater rafting, and miles of on-site trails for bikers and hikers.

30 Miles of Well-Stocked Trout Streams

The Smokies are a fisherman's delight whether you prefer flat water fishing on Lake Fontana or trout fishing on one of our many mountain streams or rivers. And the trout fishing is especially good in the well-stocked Cherokee tribal waters.

Each year, the EBCI Fish and Wildlife Management division stocks nearly 400,000 trout in the tribal waters, a stream system connecting 30 miles of freestone streams that include secluded forest settings, suburban road side areas as well as the center of the town of Cherokee.

Tribal waters (PDF map). No license is required to fish in Reservation waters, however a tribal permit is required.

• One-day permit: $10 (creel limit of ten)
• Two-day permit: $17
• Three-day permit: $27
• Five-day permit: $47
• Single season permit: $250

Buy Permits OnlineA permit is not required for children under 12, if accompanied by a permitted adult.
There is a catch-and-release section for flyfishing only. A Tribal Special Use Permit allows use of this area, designated on the Raven Fork. An additional $75 annual permit is required in this section.

Fishing in the "Trophy Waters" catch-and-release section of Ravens Fork requires an additional special use permit. Details, including information on multi-day and special use permits, can be found here.

The tribe offers three handicapped fishing piers that accommodate wheelchairs. One is located at the fishing ponds in Big Cove and two are along the Oconaluftee River in downtown Cherokee.

To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you must have either a valid North Carolina or Tennessee fishing license. You can purchase a basic North Carolina license at locations throughout the area.

NC License (Residents)
• Ten-day : $9
• One-year: $22
NC License (Non-residents)
• Ten-day : $20
• One-year: $38

If you plan to fish for trout outside the National Park or Cherokee Reservation, an additional "trout stamp" is required at a cost of $15. Some of the trout streams are strictly catch-and-release. Information on Trout Fishing in North Carolina from NC Fish & Wildlife.

There are several marinas at Fontana Lake for boat rentals as well as several public boat ramps. Guide services are also available.