Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Androscoggin County, Maine (winter of 2014)

A dozen ponds in Androscoggin County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2013 with trout 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 spices-up several 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 Androscoggin 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 http://www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing/) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  I have done 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 individual 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 rate 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.

 rainbow trout

17 inch RBT on ice (less MGs)


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Brettuns Pond covers 165 acres and is located in Livermore, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 B4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/brettuns_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (450 fish of 13” to 14”), and big brown trout (100 fish of 14” and 30 fish of 18”), which yields a total of between 3 and 4 large trout per acre.

 


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Crystal Pond covers 47 acres and is located next to Route 4 in Turner, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/crystal_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (275 fish of 13” to 14”) and big brown trout (50 fish of 14”), which yields a total of about 7 large trout per acre.

 


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Long Pond covers 208 acres and is located off Waters Hill Road in North Livermore, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A5).  A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/long_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (100 fish of 14” and 30 fish of 18”), which yields a total of between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Lower Range Pond covers 290 acres and is located in Poland, Androscoggin County (See The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/range_pond_lower.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (130 fish of 14”) and big brown trout (300 fish of 14”), which yields a total of between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Middle Range Pond covers 366 acres and is located in Poland, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/range_pond_middle.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), big brown trout (162 fish of 13”), and big rainbow trout (650 fish of 14”), which yields a total of about 3 large trout per acre.

 


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Pleasant Pond covers 192 acres and is located off Route 117 in Turner (Howes Corner), Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/pleasant_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Round Pond covers 161 acres and is located next to Route 4 in Livermore (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at  http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/round_pond_livermore.pdf.

The pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brown trout (100 fish of 14”) and big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields a total of between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Upper Range Pond covers 391 acres and is located in Poland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3).  A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/range_pond_upper.pdf. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big rainbow trout (300 fish of 14”), big brook trout(400 fish of 13” and 10 fish of 18”), and big brown trout (75 fish of 13”),which yields a total of about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Worthley Pond covers 42 acres and is located just to the south of Route 122 in Poland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/worthley_pond.pdf. Directions to this pond are provided in this blog (http://amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=2376).

The pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”) and big brown trout (75 fish of 14”), which yields a total of about 7 large trout per acre. Note that the access road to Worthley Pond from Route 122 is typically unplowed in the winter and may require a 4X4 vehicle to get through.

 

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to share your thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to discuss your fishing experiences at any +these locations.

 

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