Cherokee County NC Trout Streams

Cherokee County NC Trout Streams


  • Use barbless hooks. If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

35.1874, -84.0538 Davis Creek confluence of Bald and Dockery creeks to Hanging Dog Creek

35.1913, -83.9274 Hyatt Creek Big Dam Branch to Valley River

35.1825, -83.7909 Junaluska Creek-Ashtum Creek to Valley River

35.2096, -84.2484 Shuler Creek Joe Brown Hwy. [S.R. 1325] bridge to Tennessee state line

35.1814, -83.9048 Valley River S.R. 1359 to U.S. 19 Business bridge in Murphy

35.2601, -84.0766 Tellico River

Everything on Nantahala National Forest

35.1466, -84.1805 Appalachia Reservoir The creel limit is three trout per day. There is no minimum size limit, but only one trout may be greater than 14 inches. No bait restrictions. No closed season