The major outdoor pursuit on the reservation is fishing. Thirty miles of streams are stocked with 400,000 trout annually. Supplemental fish stocks include rainbow, brook, and brown trout, ranging up to trophy size. Those 12 or older need a tribal permit to fish the Cherokee streams and ponds, and these are available at most convenience stores. The annual season begins the last Saturday of March and ends the last day of February in the following year. Fishing is allowed beginning a half-hour before sunrise and ending a half-hour after sunset. The creel limit is 10 trout per day per permit holder. Certain enterprise waters are open only to tribal members.
For complete fishing information, contact Cherokee Fish and Game Management, PO Box 302, Cherokee, NC 28719 (tel. 828/497-5201), or the visitor center.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.