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PA Monocacy Creek, Below Rte 22 - Fishing

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Lat: 40.675873
Lng: -75.346672

Marker owner: dnorris

Average user rating for this marker: 3.67

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PA Monocacy Creek, Below Rte 22
Marker Description: Monocacy Creek: Starting downstream from US 22, there is another section of "Class A" wild trout water and it is under PFBC Regulations (Trophy Trout Projects.) This area is 1.9 miles; From Illicks Mill Dam upstream too and including Gertrude Fox Conservation Area. It is unclear if the section ends before it reaches Rte 22 and whether it ends before the Archibald Johnson Conservation Area. I'm just going to assume it include the entire area up to Rte 22.

Wild browns abound in this stretch of water, and no fish are stocked here. This may be the best section on Monocacy Creek.


Open to fishing year-round (no closed season).

Minimum size – 14 inches, caught on, or in possession on, the waters under these regulations from 8 a.m. on the opening day of the regular trout season through Labor Day.

The daily creel limit is two trout – combined species – from 8 a.m. on the opening day of the regular trout season through Labor Day, except during the period from the day after Labor Day to 8 a.m. on the opening day of the regular trout season of the following year, when no trout may be killed or had in possession on the waters under these regulations.

Fishing may be done with artificial lures only, constructed of metal, plastic, rubber or wood, or with flies and streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials. All lures may be used with spinning or fly fishing gear.

The use or possession of any natural bait, baitfish, fishbait, bait paste and similar substances, fish eggs (natural or molded), or any other edible substance is prohibited.

Taking baitfish or fishbait is prohibited.

A current trout/salmon permit (or Combination Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permit) is required.

The Monocacy's well preserved riparian corridor keeps the creek shaded and cool during the summer months and provides excelelnt habitat for migrating and nesting birds. Area birders have documented over 80 species of birds annually along the banks of the Monocacy. The ducks and geese announce your arrival to the trout which is annoying.

Visitor Comments

Re: PA Monocacy Creek, Below Rte 22 Posted by dnorris Tue. February 16, 2016 01:16 am
Steve, you are the first person to post on this site in quite some time. If you are at this marker you can click back to map and see the map where are the markers are placed, which each have some direction as to parking. Good luck, post some pics if you can. Thanks.
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Re: PA Monocacy Creek, Below Rte 22 Posted by stevec Mon. February 15, 2016 09:25 pm
Any help in best place to park and fish other than the Mill?
Thanks Steve

Re: PA Monocacy Creek, Below Rte 22 Posted by dnorris Mon. November 17, 2014 02:08 pm

Good to hear you caught a few. I think next time I'll just ask the person if they are the land owner and then keep fishing. Problem is I don't want to have these types of conversations when I'm trying to relax - so might not be back to this section unless it is from 4AM to 6AM - ha, ha.

Anyway, this is the time to fish the lower Mono where the breeder browns come up from the Lehigh, I've heard good things but haven't had the chance to fish it in the fall.
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Re: PA Monocacy Creek, Below Rte 22 Posted by ugsisr Sun. November 16, 2014 07:52 am
I too have questions regarding this area...Was fishing here Oct 2014 and encountered a women and a male who told me I was not supposed to be fishing this area. I fly fish only, barbless hooks and release all fish caught...Who are these people? I am from NE Pa and was there only for a few hours of fishing while my wife was shopping....They turned a great afternoon into a scrub....I didnt want to argue not being from the area....Beautiful stream....Caught a few nice Browns before being jumped by these so called conservationist wanna be's......

Re: NJ Monocacy Creek, Below Rte 22 Posted by dnorris Sat. May 05, 2012 06:06 pm
I parked at the marker placement along the back rear most section of the Kmart parking area. Immediately down from this parking spot, I caught my first Monocacy Creek wild brown trout on a pheasant tail size 14 or 16 (see photo). The fish took two nutso high leaps. Just downstream, I hooked another nice little brown, which I fought to my feet only to have the trailer fly - a tiny midge - hook onto a branch and ultimately I lost the fish.

I thought I was going to really start to have a banner morning with two nice trout in the first five minutes but the Creek really slowed down and it was more difficult to get fish to hit my nymph because the fish could see me so easily; and I was walking downstream. I saw a bunch of fish and of course they saw me and only had one other strike.

I found out that the Creek slowed so much because of a dam in the Archibald Johnston Conservation Area (AJCA). It is somewhat nice throughout this are but it is also swampy and a bit of a flood plain in between the railroad tracks and the roar of Route 22. The Monocacy is a dirt bottom number with the occasional nice gravel section. Once you get into the AJCA the rich bastard, who once owned the property put a bunch of corny ass rock walls along the stream, up from the dam and there are a bunch of bridges in this slow section. Perhaps nice for dry flies.

Anyway, I finally made it to the dam and I was looking forward to fishing the deep fast water under it. But before I had a chance to fish it a mom/group leader/do gooder planting trees with a bunch of kids came up to me and said "Now, you know you're not supposed to be fly fishing here." She said it in the most annoying cheery way as if she was talking to one of her legions of kids. I wanted to tell her to mind her own business but I didn't want to be rude in front of all the children. So, I said, "That's not what it says on the internet and I find it hard to believe that you can't fish at all in a public preserve, especially if you use flies and don't keep any fish." But, I wasn't sure b/c this is the first time I've fished the Mono and looked on the internet before coming out but couldn't figure it out totally; so I just said okay and reeled in my line. She said that there is a trophy trout section below this through another park but that there is no fishing in the AJCA. So, I really wanted to tell her to pound salt but I didn't for the kids and left.

At home, I looked again on the internet again and see that the Monocacy Trout Unlimited performed a stream clean up in the area and found nothing prohibiting fishing in the AJCA. However, it does not appear that this section is actually a part of the Trophy Trout Section as I had thought. Regardless, I will be back to hit up that deep fast water under that dam b/c it seems legal to me and there are no signs saying otherwise.

A good way to access this location is to park behind the Kmart and walk along the railroad tracks which will cross a road and take you directly to the dam in the AJCA. F that lady.
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