Trout – Little Catoctin Creek Trout Fishing (MD)

Approximate Boundary: 39.508811,-77.562041  to 39.506858,-77.561751 (746 Feet)
DNR Guidance: Little Catoctin Creek extends from Rt 17 downstream to junction with Catoctin Creek.  

The Little Catoctin Creek shares Doubs Meadow Park with its larger sibling, Catoctin Creek, which forms the southeastern boundary of the park. The excitement you may have had associated with locating two streams under delayed harvest regulations that are also easily accessible will quickly evaporate when you see the small, dribbling stream that is Little Catoctin Creek. There is no way that any fish inserted into this water could survive until the end of the delayed harvest season on May 31. Although the stream is 10 to 15 feet wide and runs over a rocky bottom, it is shallow throughout most of its length. Three small pools might hold fish before poachers or wildlife pluck them out, but nothing else of interest.

One positive aspect is that the banks are not clogged with vegetation. Granted, they are not mowed and manicured like the banks of many of the trout fishing ponds in the State, but the tall weeds present no obstacle to movement. As a result, this could be a good place to take a beginning fly fisher to practice on-stream skills without the challenge of dense, overhanging, fly-catching vegetation. Therefore, if you fish here, pay attention to the stocking schedule and visit this small water within a week or two of the date when fish are planted. You must be alert since Little Catoctin Creek, as well as Catoctin Creek, is usually only stocked once in the Spring and once in the Fall with a small number of fish.

Getting There:

From I-70, take exit 42 north towards Myersville on MD 17/Main Street. Turn right on Ellerton Road to stay on MD 17. Turn into the parking lot at Doubs Meadow Park and walk west to intersect the creek.

Access Point: 39.508613,-77.561129

Little Catoctin Creek Trout Fishing Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in the Maryland DNR stocking plan.

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View upstream towards MD 17

Downstream towards one of the pools

Typical pool – just a wide spot

Upstream from the junction with Catoctin Creek

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

Articles on this site are out of date since some go back to 2006. Regulations and property ownership may have changed since publication. It is your responsibility to know and obey all regulations and not trespass on private property.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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