Fishing in Cherokee

30 Miles of Well-Stocked Trout Streams

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. has information about Cherokee's trout fishing tournaments.

Tribal waters (PDF map) are now open for fishing year around. 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

A 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.