Cherokee fishing tournament to kick off spring season

out fishingAnglers will have a chance to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish March 28-30 at the Cast Into Spring Tournament, hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.


All ages and legal fishing methods are welcome to participate in the tournament, which requires an $11 entry fee and fishing license for all anglers 12 and older. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event and are redeemable for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500. 

The Qualla Boundary is home to 30 miles of privately stocked, freestone streams overseen by Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Fishing is allowed daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Creek limit is 10 trout per day per permit holder.

Each year, nearly 250,000 rainbow, brook and brown trout of various sizes are added to the existing fish population in Cherokee waters.

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