Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in York County (winter of 2014)

About a dozen and a half ponds in York County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing. Most of these fish are relatively small (7” to 12”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spiced up many of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 13” or more, and weighing at least 1.0 lb. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in York County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.

It is highly recommended to consult the latest regulations (available at www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing/) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  I did my utmost best to verify that a particular pond is indeed open for ice fishing, but I make no guarantees that my interpretation of the Maine fishing rules is accurate or correct. It is up to each reader of this blog to ensure that a pond listed below can be fished through the ice. Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

Keep in mind that the number of bigger trout stocked in a pond is typically much lower than for the smaller trout.  Hence, patience is required to catch those larger fish. As a rough yardstick, the average stocking density for landlocked salmon in Maine ponds and lakes is about 0.3 to 0.5 salmon per acre, which equals 1 salmon every two to three acres. 

Finally, use the website linked to this blog to discover how many trout and salmon are released per acre in the spring and fall in all the 600+ stocked ponds and lakes throughout Maine.

 

A fat 17" rainbow trout caught through the ice

A fat 17″ rainbow trout caught through the ice

 


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Adams Pond (a.k.a. Rock Haven Pond) covers 210 acres and is located off Route 110 in Newfield, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/rock_haven_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Alewife Pond covers 37 acres and is located in Kennebunk, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/alewife_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13” and 10 fish of 18”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Deer Pond covers 32 acres and is located next to Route 117 in Hollis, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A5). Access to the pond is described in this blog http://amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=107. A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/deer_pond.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (100 fish of 14”), which yields about 6 large trout per acre.

 


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Horne Pond covers 166 acres and is located off Route 11 in Limington, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/horne_pond_pequawket_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (150 fish of 14” and 50 fish of 18”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Kennebunk Pond covers 224 acres and is located next to Kennebunk Pond Road in Lyman, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/kennebunk_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 14”, and 15 fish of 18”), big brown trout (150 fish of 14”), and big rainbow trout (200 fish of 14”), which yields between 3 and 4 large trout per acre.

 


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Knights Pond covers 49 acres and is located next to Knights Pond Road in South Berwick, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 E3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/knight_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Littlefield Pond covers 23 acres and is located in Sanford, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C3). Access to the pond is described in this blog amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=206. A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/littlefield_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields between 6 and 7 large trout per acre.

 


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Little Ossipee Lake covers 564 acres and is located off Route 5 in Waterboro, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/ossipee_lake_little.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (500 fish between 13” and 14”, and 25 fish of 18”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre. In addition, the pot was further sweetened by the addition of 20 broodstock landlocked salmon measuring 24” each.

 


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Long Pond covers 275 acres and is located on Road Between the Ponds in Parsonsfield, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/long_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Moose Pond covers 27 acres and is located next to H Road in Acton, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/moose_pond_acton.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Parker Pond (a.k.a. Barker Pond) covers 26 acres and is located in Lyman, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). Access to the pond is described in this blog amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=885. A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/parker_barker_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), which yields about 8 large trout per acre.

 


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Symmes Pond covers 36 acres and is located off Route 110 in Newfield, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/symes_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), which yields about 6 large trout per acre.

 


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Wilson Lake covers 320 acres and is located off Route 109 in Acton, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/wilson_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”) and big brown trout (300 fish of 14” and 25 fish of 18”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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York Pond covers 45 acres and is located in Eliot, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 1 A3). Access to the pond is described in this blog amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=214.  A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/york_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields between 4 and 5 large trout per acre.

 

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