2019 FLW Fishing Tournament Coming to Lake Cherokee in April

Visit Jefferson County TN, the Tourism department of Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, is extremely excited to bring the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tour stop to Cherokee Lake in Jefferson City, TN, on Thursday, April 11th through Sunday, April 14th, 2019. FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organizations with professional anglers of all levels competing for millions in prize money. Starring some of the most competitive anglers on the world fishing circuit, every FLW fishing tournament is broadcast in high-definition on NBC Sports Network and the World Fishing Network. Anglers from across America and beyond will descend upon Jefferson County during this exciting weekend to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

The FLW Events & Expo

You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to check out the Fishing League Worldwide Tournament’s first ever visit to Cherokee Lake! The competition will cover all waters accessible by boat on Cherokee. Visitors looking for more information can check out the following event times.   

Fishing Tournament Start & Weigh-In

The Cherokee Lake FLW tournament will kick-off Thursday morning as anglers take off at 7:00am and return for weigh-in from 3:00pm to 7:00pm ET on Day 1 and Day 2. Weigh-in for Day 3 and Day 4 is 4:00pm to 8:00pm.  Both take-off and weigh-in will take place at the TVA Dam-Boat Launch on Renfro Road


The Expo will take place across all four days from 2:00pm to 6:00pm ET at the TVA Dam boat launch.


Fishing Tournaments at Cherokee Lake in Jefferson County

Some anglers compete in fishing tournaments with the hopes of making fishing a career, others languish in the competition, and still others just plain like to fish. Whatever the reason is for why you love competitive fishing, first-time visitors and returning tourists will all agree that Cherokee Lake, with its nearly 28,780 acres of surface area and 400 miles of shoreline, is a fisherman's paradise. 2019 looks to be an exciting year for competitive anglers on Cherokee Lake with at least five additional fishing tournaments throughout the year.

Local Amenities

Jefferson County, TN, is known for its historical preservation, beautiful scenery, and friendly hospitality. If you're looking for local services and lodging, here are a few highlighted local establishments in Jefferson County. 


Campgrounds, RV parks, hotel, cabins, bed & breakfasts—Jefferson County has it all!  So, if you are planning to stay in the area for the tournament check out the varies accommodations nearby.  Enjoy camping or are a RV enthusiast?  Cherokee Dam Campground is located on the same property as the event, but hurry to book!  Spots will fill up fast!


The Lakeside of the Smokies is home to traditional southern delights, BBQ, and more!  Grab a bite while the fishermen wait for theirs at one of the many local restaurants.  Lisa’s Country Kitchen in Jefferson City offers diners a variety of options from salads to burgers or seafood dinners to satisfy their taste buds.  Looking for something light?  The Creek Café in downtown has salads, soups, and sandwiches.  No matter your craving, you’ll find something delicious to eat on during your stay.


Looking for something to do while fishermen are on the open waters?  Jefferson County has a plethora of activities for you and your family.  Head over to Centennial Park in Jefferson City to talk a walk or let the kids run out some energy.  Play a round of mini golf at Mossy Creek Mini Golf. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Dandridge, the second oldest town in the state of Tennessee!  Take in the beauty of our area by hopping on one of our scenic byways or highways. 

Visit Jefferson County, TN, for the 2019 FLW Fishing Tour on Cherokee Lake

Who will win this 5th stop on the FLW tour on Cherokee Lake? Come out to the Expo and weigh-ins at TVA Dam boat launch in Jefferson City throughout the weekend to find out! We warmly welcome all FLW Officials, competitors, and spectators and their friends and family to Jefferson County, TN, and look forward to hosting this fishing tournament. We hope you'll enjoy the many options to eat, play and stay when visiting our corner of East Tennessee.