Camping in unauthorized area: 100.00: 15. Children under 12 are allowed to fish when accompanied by a permitted adult. Catch-and-Release Special Use Permit for Trophy Waters — $25 for a 1-3 day permit, or $75 per year, with the purchase of a general tribal fishing permit. No license is required to fish in Cherokee Reservation waters, however a tribal permit is required for each person 12 years of age and over, for streams and ponds. Before coming to Cherokee for a fishing trip, please check for updates and visit, the official government website for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, to learn the latest news. Fly Fish Cherokee is constantly striving to be the best guide service in the Smokies. It is stocked twice each week by the Tribe’s hatchery. A single season’s permit is available for $250. Illegal cutting of wood or timber: 75.00: 17. Vibrant mountain town with lot's going on. But you will need a permit. Website Development by PaleoSun. A special permit is required. Trophy Waters — A 2.2-mile portion of Raven Fork is set aside for catch-and-release fishing. The Oconaluftee River in Cherokee is a large-size freestone creek featuring brown trout, rainbows, brookies and palominos. This is our closest commercial airport. This stretch, which runs north from where the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses Raven Fork, offers deep, inviting pools alongside riffles, runs, and pocket waters. Visit CommonAccess compliant version of this website. 16 Miles. No part of this website may be reproduced, published, distributed, displayed, performed, copied or stored for public or private use without written permission from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. This order does not currently apply to shared outdoor spaces, so anglers are not required to wear masks while fishing. 50 Miles. Reed said, “we keep an eye on the weather and if something comes up we have to adjust to that.”. Hatchery Supervisor Doug Reed assures anglers that “we’re right where we’re supposed to be” with stocking right now. EBCI Natural Resources officials have announced a few updates about upcoming fishing tournaments in Cherokee. During the shutdown those fish did get a little bit on the bigger end.” In response, the Hatchery adjusted their feeding schedule and made some changes to ensure those bigger fish got stocked first. Reed explained that things can change quickly because of factors out of their control, such as rain storms and equipment issues, so they need “a little bit of leeway.” Instead of producing a schedule for the whole season, they project how many fish they will stock on a weekly basis. We don’t get the runoff that the west gets, and this is a fantastic time of year for bug activity on top of the water. Design by Element Advertising Miles of pristine trout water, both stocked and wild fish are abundant. Get the Map. The Tribe sponsors 4 tagged fish tournaments throughout the year, plus the popular Rumble in the Rhododendron fly fishing tournament in late fall. There are 30 miles of freestone streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation that are privately stocked using the Tribe’s own fish hatchery. Cherokee maintains areas from which to access the river to fish, including an island park, handicap access locations, and numerous access points with ample parking. Though the Tribal Hatchery was unable to stock fish during the shutdown, Reed said “as the season goes on we’re going to try to cover that.” To make up for the late start, they have made some shifts in their projected stockings and he thinks it will all balance out by the end of the season. And what about the rumors that the fish are bigger this season because of the shutdown? Fishing guide advice. Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management stocks nearly 250,000 Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout in Cherokee fishing waters during a typical year. This order is effective until further notice. 30 miles of privately stocked, freestone streams—they’re why you’ll be catching almost as often as you’re casting. We reached out to Tribal Hatchery Supervisor Doug Reed and other local fishing organizations to find out the latest information to help you plan your fishing trip to Cherokee this summer. Where To Eat; Where to Stay; Where to Play; Licenses; Fishing Report; Contact; Home; About Us. • Only artificial flies and streamers constructed of natural or synthetic material on a single, barbless hook are permitted. as the weight for stocked trout. We reached out to Tribal Hatchery Supervisor Doug Reed and other local fishing organizations to find out the latest information to help you plan your fishing trip to Cherokee this summer. We’ve been busy. For anglers who are planning fishing trips to Cherokee right now, Doug Reed offers one piece of advice, “Just be patient and be flexible.” The good news is that there are a lot of fish in Cherokee, but there are also a lot of folks trying to catch them. The cost is $10 per day; $17 for 2-day, $27 for 3-day, $47 for 5-day. More. You can register for both of these tournaments at or anywhere that Cherokee fishing licenses are sold. Oftentimes anglers fishing this section will catch the trout of a lifetime. weekly fly fishing report. Register by Friday, September 4. About. He said that before Qualla Boundary was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, “we were set to open the season so we actually had quite a bit of fish. getting the right flies, in the right places was key today! Access is great, and wading is easy to moderate. Borders the GSMNP. Activities range from hiking to concerts. Typically the Hatchery targets one lbs. We had a fantastic day on the trophy water. 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