Trout – Israel Creek (MD)

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Approximate Boundary: 39.349418,-77.685648 to 39.361596,-77.677869

Type: Put and Take

Israel Creek is a nondescript, small stream that runs through a rural setting. The access points are associated with the three small roads that cross the creek. From Garretts Mill Road, turn left on Valley Road to reach the southernmost access point. There is enough parking for three or four vehicles on the west side of the bridge. Garretts Mill Road crosses the creek near a “residential” area with room for one vehicle to pull off the narrow shoulder on the east side of the creek. The northernmost access point, Frog Eye Road, sports limited parking next to the creek, but there is a shoulder a short distance to the west next to the cemetery.

The creek is a narrow freestone, shallow stretch of water that runs 15 feet wide across a bottom that is a mix of rocks and sand. The banks are congested and tight with vegetation that will make casting a challenge. There is no discernible trail on either side of the creek, bushwhacking is required. Each of the access points features a pool near the crossing that will be the primary repository of the fish that are stocked. In general, the creek is easiest to fish from Valley Road moving upstream since the banks are not steep and the vegetation does not overlap the water. Frog Eye Road, on the other hand, is the most challenging section with dense bushes and branches stretching across and throwing shade onto the water below.

Getting There:
East: from Frederick, drive south on US 15. Merge onto US 340 W and follow it past Brunswick to take the exit onto MD 67. Access the creek via Garretts Mill Road or Frog Eye Road.

South: From Leesburg, drive west VA 7, turning onto VA 9 towards Harpers Ferry. In Mechanicsville, turn right on SR 671/Harpers Ferry Rd and follow it to the junction with US 340. Go across the river and take the exit onto MD 67. Access the creek via Garretts Mill Road or Frog Eye Road.

Access Point: 39.349418,-77.68564839.352523,-77.685424 and 39.360835,-77.678665

Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in on theMaryland DNR stocking plan.and

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Valley Road looking upstream

Valley Road bridge crossing – typical

Garretts Mill looking downstream

Garretts Mill upstream

Frog Eye Road – note the constricted vegetation

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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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