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CHEROKEE — Spend the long weekend with the boys — rainbow, brook, golden, and brown — during the Cherokee Memorial Day Trout Tournament with $10,000 in cash winnings for the anglers who snag tagged trout.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operate their own trout hatchery, and will be generously stocking the freestone streams of Cherokee in the lead up to the tourney — including specially tagged trout that can be redeemed for cash winnings totalling $10,000.

For a map of fishing waters in Cherokee, click here.

You need a tribal fishing permit for Cherokee waters, which cost $17 for two days. The tournament entry fee is $15. Permits and tournament registration are available online at, or at many physical locations in Cherokee.

If you catch one of the specially tagged trout, take it to the Cherokee Natural Resources office located at 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee between 4-6 p.m. each tournament day.

For more information, click here.