One of the most popular recreational pastimes is Cherokee North Carolina trout fishing!
Thirty miles of regularly stocked streams attract young, old, male, female, amateur and
anxious to try their hand at catching brown
or rainbow trout
In October of 1990, the state record for a brown trout was caught in Tribal waters. It weighed
15 pounds, 2 ounces. Those days will soon be returning as a revitalization of this favorite
sport is in progress here in Cherokee. New hatcheries, new management and new policies have
been implemented and approximately 1.7 million eggs will be hatched this year into Tribal
waters. A new "catch & release" program will be introduced later this year and will attract
"trophy" fishermen from around the world.
Some people prefer our trout streams, while others enjoy the tranquility of the Tribal trout
ponds located on Big Cove Road. No state license (NC or other states) is required for
North Carolina Trout fishing. All you need is a Tribal Fishing Permit,
available at most Reservation businesses. The Tribal permit sells for $10 for 1 day and $17 for a 2 day permit.
The permit has a creel limit of 10 fish. Permits for longer periods are available.
Children under 12 are not required to have a Tribal fishing permit as long as
they are accompanied by someone with the proper permit.
All rivers and ponds are open every day from the last Saturday in March through the end of
the following February. Cherokee's fishing program is managed by the Cherokee Fish
and Game Management, a program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.