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Fishing in Cherokee

Cherokee Indian Reservation

You can choose from hundreds of fishing spots from secluded to easy access trout ponds on the Cherokee Reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Qualla Boundary has more than 30 miles of clear trout streams and three easily accessible ponds that are stocked twice each week with rainbow, brook and brown trout. One quarter million are stocked annually, including thousands of trophy size trout.

Cherokee Tribal Hatchery

The trout are produced at the Cherokee Tribal Trout Hatchery, located on Straight Fork in the Big Cove Community. Visitors are welcome from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


$10 per day- Tribal Permit for each person, 12 years of age and over, for streams and ponds. No other fishing permit or license is accepted. Two, three and five day permits are available. $17 for two-day, $27 for three-day, and $47 for five day. A single annual permit is available for $250.

For complete fishing information or to purchase a fishing permit online visit Call 828-359-6110.

FIshing in Cherokee

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