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, that 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 to 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. There are a three small pools that 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.
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
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