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fishing tournaments and events

Bryson City and Cherokee - 2022

Fontana Spring Bass Classic
Saturday & Sunday, March 19-20, 2022
Fontana Village Resort & Marina
Fontana Dam, NC

$5,000 first place guaranteed (team or individual). 100% payout starting at second place. Pay one place for every 6 entries. $150 entry fee, $10 for big bass. Bass Classic entry form or call 828-498-2129.

Cherokee’s Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament
Saturday & Sunday, March 26-27,, 2022
$15 entry fee and a $17 two-day fishing permit to compete for your share of $20,000 in tagged fish. Rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

West Swain Fire Department
Annual Bass Tournament

First Saturday each May
May 7, 2022
$100 per boat, includes BBQ Dinner, big fish pool & launch fee. Launch from Almond Boat Park on Fontana Lake. All proceeds benefit the West Swain County Volunteer Fire Department (Bryson City area). Entry Fee 1st Place - $1,500 plus $1,775 in 9 additional cash prizes. Raffle prizes. To register call Jim at 828-488-6423 or Chris at 828-488-2424 or by visiting Ace Hardware (111 Main St., Bryson City), Smoky Mtn. Lakes & Marine (Hwy 74 West) or Almond Boat Park (Hwy 28 North).

Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament
Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29, 2022
$15 entry fee and and a $17 two-day fishing permit to compete for your share of $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters). Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament
Friday & Saturday, July 9-10, 2022
$15 entry fee and a $17 two-day fishing permit to compete for your share of $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters). Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

The Qualla Country Trout Tournament
Friday & Saturday, September 4-5, 2022
$15 entry fee and a $17 two-day fishing permit to compete for your share of $20,000 in tagged fish in the riverson the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters). Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

Fontana Fall Bass Classic
Saturday & Sunday, November 12-13, 2022
Fontana Village Resort & Marina
Fontana Dam, NC

$5,000 first place guaranteed (team or individual). 100% payout starting at second place. Pay one place for every 6 entries. $150 entry fee, $10 for big bass. Bass Classic entry form or call 828-498-2129.