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Cherokee Travel Guide

Fishing

Cherokee Indian Reservation. There are 30 mi of regularly stocked trout streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. To fish in tribal waters you need a tribal fishing permit, available at many reservation businesses or online. (Kids under 12 don't need a permit.) The $10 permit is valid for one day. Permits for longer periods are available: $17 for a two-day, $27 for a three-day, and $47 for a five-day. Creel limit is 10 per day per permit holder. A season's permit is available for $250. A three-day catch-and-release permit for Raven Creek is $25. Fishing on Qualla Boundary streams is permitted year-round. There are several trout fishing tournaments in the summer and fall with purses of $10,000 and more. A North Carolina fishing license and trout stamp are not required for reservation fishing. Fisheries & Wildlife Management, 498 Tsali Blvd., at Cherokee Welcome Center, Cherokee, NC, 28719. 828/497–6700. www.fishcherokee.com.

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