A dozen ponds in Androscoggin County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or rainbow trout to support ice fishing in 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.
The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Androscoggin County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those large fish through the ice. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below. 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 one of those larger fish. As a rough yardstick, the average stocking rate for landlocked salmon in Maine is about 0.5 salmon per acre (or 1 salmon every two acres).
I did my utmost best to verify that a particular pond is indeed open for ice fishing, but I make no guarantees whatsoever that my interpretation of the convoluted Maine fishing rules is accurate or correct. It is up to each reader of this blog to ensure that the ponds listed below can be fished through the ice.
Crystal Pond covers 47 acres and is located next to Route 4 in the town of Turner (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (275 fish of 13” and 35 fish of 17”) and big brown trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields a total of about 8 big trout per acre.
Upper Range Pond covers 391 acres and is located in the town of Poland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big rainbow trout (300 fish of 14”), big brook trout (400 fish of 13”), and big brown trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields a total of about 2 large trout per acre.
Worthley Pond covers 42 acres and is located off Route 122 in the town of Poland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brown trout (75 fish of 13”) and big brook trout (400 fish of 13”, 25 fish of 15”, and 30 fish of 17”), which yields a total of about 13 big trout per acre.
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