2022 Cherokee Fishing Tournaments

2022 Cherokee Fishing Tournaments

Grab your fishing pole and make your way out to Cherokee, NC this year! With all of the fishing tournaments in the area and at Cherokee /Great Smokies KOA Holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to try your luck and reel in a cash prize. Please note there is no fishing allowed March 12-25 before the tribe's first tournament. 

Cherokee Opening Day Fishing Tournament

Saturday, March 26 – Sunday, March 27

$15 entry fee and a $17 two-day fishing permit to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish. Tagged fish are stocked for this event, catch and redeem for cash prizes.

Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA Holiday's April Fishing Tournament

Saturday, April 23

Join us for the first of our three fishing tournaments this year! $11 entry fee, and you must have a fishing license that may be purchased right at the campground. Prizes up to $500 will be awarded!

Cherokee Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29

$15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit to compete for $10,000 in tagged fish. Tagged fish are stocked for this event, catch and redeem for cash prizes. 

Tim Hill Annual Trout Tournament

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10

This tournament honors Tim Hill, a longtime employee at the Cherokee trout hatchery who sadly passed too soon. Registration fee of $15 and a two-day fishing permit ($17) required. Fish for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful trout in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary. 

The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Saturday, August 27 – Sunday, August 28

Compete for your share of $20,000 in the pristine freestone streams of Cherokee. $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit required.

Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA Holiday's September Tournament

Saturday, September 17

The second of our three fishing tournaments. Must have fishing license and $11 entry fee. You can win prizes up to $500! 

Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA Holiday's October Tournament

Saturday, October 8

The last of our three campground fishing tournaments. Try your luck and reel in the biggest catch to win up to $500 in prizes! Must have fishing license and $11 entry fee.


Fish all day, camp all night! Let us your base camp for Cherokee Fishing tournaments. Book your stay today!

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