Douthat Lake - Fishing Opportunities
Douthat Lake is located within Douthat State Park. This 50-acre lake is a fee-fishing lake that is stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout twice a week during the fee season (from the first Saturday in April through June 15, and from September 15 through October 31). Daily fees are waived when trout stocking is suspended during the summer. In 1995, the daily creel limit for trout was increased from five to six fish. Recent changes in the fee-fishing program have made the area more attractive to families with small children. Douthat Lake was drawn down in 1998 and the upper end was dredged. Two family fishing piers were constructed during drawndown. Fish attractors were installed near the piers in 1999.
A three-mile reach of Wilson Creek was opened to fee fishing in 1993. A special trout fishing area for children has also been established on a section of Wilson Creek just below the dam. In addition to trout, the lake also has very good largemouth bass fishing, and fair sunfish, black crappie, and channel catfish opportunities; it has become an excellent chain pickerel lake, with October being the top month (see Regulations for license requirements, closure dates and limits).
The park offers year-round cabins, campgrounds, swimming, hiking trails, picnicking, a restaurant, boat rentals, water bikes, and a gravel launch ramp. A daily fee-fishing permit is available.