COOKSON – The inaugural Cherokee National Holiday Bass Fishing Tournament helped bring the 70th annual Cherokee National Holiday festivities to an end on Sept. 10 at Lake Tenkiller in Cherokee County.
The tournament saw a mix of single participant and youth and adult teams totaling 106 in all. Boats began taking off at around 6 a.m. to test their luck in the water and at the end of the day more than $9,000 was given out in prize money.
Lane Kindle, Cherokee Nation Wildlife Conservation manager said with help from CNH coordinator Austin Patton and CN citizen and professional angler Jason Christie the event turned out “really good.”
“We also assist with Jason’s Children’s Fishing Day,” said Kindle. “He (Christie) had mentioned, ‘hey, in the past we have done a bass tournament,’ and I think administration was looking to bring something like that back. I told him, I said, ‘this is something that I do all the time. I’ve never…