Largemouth bass fishing on James Pond in Somerville, Maine (August 25, 2013)

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Access point to James Pond

Access point to James Pond

James Pond is a 54-acre body of water located in Somerville, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C4). From the Augusta area, head east on Route 105 past Windsor and Somerville. Turn left on Turner Ridge Road and drive for about 1.2 miles until Colby Road appears to the left. Stay on Turner Road for another 0.3 miles and look for a rough but drivable forest road on the right. The access to the pond is about 300 ft down on the right by the fire pit.  I did not see any “No Trespassing” signs and so assume that this way in is legit.  Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from the access point. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Schoolhouse Pond, Livermore Falls, Maine (August 25, 2013)

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Footpath leading from the road to Schoolhouse Pond

Footpath leading from the road to Schoolhouse Pond

Schoolhouse Pond is a 21-acre body of water located in Livermore Falls, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 A1). Drive north on Campground Road (off Route 133) and keep Jug Hill Road to your left. The pond will appear through the trees on the right. Look for a foot path through the woods about 0.1 mile or so after passing Jug Hill Road. Park the car on the grassy shoulder next to the foot path. The pond is 100 ft further down. I do not see “No Trespassing” signs and so assume that this way in is legit.  Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from the access point.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Mud Pond in Turner, Maine (August 25, 2013)

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General view of Mud Pond

General view of Mud Pond

Mud Pond is a 26-acre body of water located in Turner, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 D4). It is tucked away in the woods and represents a beautiful spot that few people know about! Not a single human structure is visible from the water to mar the view. The shoreline is completely surrounded by marshy habitat with the forest and surrounding hills beyond that. The water has the color of weak tea. The substrate is soft and mucky. The aquatic vegetation is luxurious and abundant all around the perimeter of the pond.  General fishing law applies. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Collins Pond in Windham, Maine (August 18, 2013)

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View of the lily pad bed by the access point

View of the lily pad bed by the access point

Collins Pond is a 42-acre body of water located in Windham, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D2). It is an impoundment on Ditch Brook, which is the outlet of Little Sebago Lake, via Mill Pond located just upstream of Route 115. The pond can be reached by turning onto Running Brook Road from Route 115 and driving down the hill for 200-300 ft just past house #25 on your right. Park your car on the road shoulder and walk down a short foot path towards a small sandy beach by the pond. I’m not sure that this is a “public” access point but I did not see any No Trespassing signs either. Only small, hand-carried craft such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this point. I also noticed a wide forest/four wheeler trail with a fire pit next to the outlet at the other end of the pond. A walk up this trail leads to a huge gravel pit operation. I don’t know if the pond can be accessed from that end. Collins Pond Collins Pond has a maximum depth of 18 ft and a mean depth of 7 ft, which makes it quite shallow. The water is very clear, which is no surprise since its source is Little Sebago Lake. The substrate is clean, consisting mostly of rough sand and small gravel interspersed with boulders. Several dozen camps and year-round houses dot the shoreline. General fishing law applies on this pond (click here for more details). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

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Largemouth bass fishing on Little Moose Pond in Denmark, Maine (July 28, 2013)

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General view of Little Moose Pond

General view of Little Moose Pond

Little Moose Pond (a.k.a. Little Pond) is a 33-acre body of water located in Denmark, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B3). It can be reached by driving into the town of Denmark located at the southern tip of Moose Pond. Get on West Maine Street (Route 160) going west and cross Moose Pond Brook, which is the outlet of Moose Pond. After a few 100 ft, turn left on Mill Road which quickly turns into a rough but drivable wood road. The pond will appear on your left after 0.8 miles. Access to the water is also rough due to a lack of a public boat launch. It looks like a kind land owner cleared a 50-ft wide by 100-ft long area of trees and shrubs between the road and the pond. Only hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this point.

 

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