At Its Best
Some of the best trout fishing in the Eastern United States is found in the 30 miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.
The Cherokee Fish and Game Management (828-497-5201) stocks the streams and three ponds with hundreds of thousands of rainbow, brook, and brown trout every year. Trout season opens the last Saturday of March and continues through February 28 of the following year. Fishing is permitted from one-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
Although no state license is needed anglers must obtain the required $7.00 Tribal Fishing Permit available at nearly two dozen Cherokee businesses. The daily creel limit is 10 per permit holder.
A $7.00 tribal permit for
each person 12 years of age and over is required to fish in Cherokee streams
and ponds. Children under twelve are allowed to fish with a permitted adult.
Two, three, and five-day permits are available at a reduced rate and a
season's permit costs $150.00. No other type of fishing license is required
nor accepted on the reservation.
Most of March is closed to fishing with the annual season opening the last Saturday of March, continuing for eleven months and ending the last day of February the following year. Throughout the season, fishing is allowed from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Creel limit is ten trout per day per permit holder.
Regular stocking of the streams
is the responsibility of Cherokee Fish and Game Management that each year
adds nearly 400,000 trout to an existing population of fish. These supplemental
stockings include rainbow, brook and brown trout of various sizes ranging
up to trophy size.