John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on February 28, 2013 | Permalink
New Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area
Location: Catoctin Creek Park
Inland Fisheries and the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department have partnered to offer trout fishermen a new fishing opportunity at Catoctin Creek Park in Frederick County. Catoctin Creek within the park boundaries is now managed as a Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area subject to the following restrictions: October 1 through May 31 artificial lures only, catch and release and from June 1 through September 30 no tackle restrictions and a daily possession limit of 5 trout (check Maryland Guide to Fishing 2013, page 23 for details).
Fishermen should park in designated areas, be respectful of other park visitors, and be aware of the park hours. More information about the park, driving directions, maps, and other programs available at the park is available at http://frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=2927.
Catoctin Creek was recently stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout with the assistance of park staff and volunteers. With more than a mile of water to stock and no close access for a large hatchery truck, several ATV utility vehicles were used to distribute the fish. A small aerated tank on the ATV was used to haul the trout closer to the stream where they were then carried in buckets to the release locations. The trout handled the transfer well and are now thoroughly spread throughout the fishing area. Catoctin Creek offers a variety of habitat from slow pools, log jambs, riffles, and rocky runs. Please enjoy and respect this opportunity so that we can continue to provide fishing recreation at the park for many years to come.