Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Aroostook County, Maine (winter of 2013)

Around 20 ponds in Aroostook County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or splake to support ice fishing during the winter of 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 Aroostook County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger 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 bigger fish. As a rough comparison, 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.

 

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Arnold Brook Lake covers 395 acres and is located in the town of Presque Isle (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 65 E1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1000 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 17”), which yields about 3 big trout per acre.

 

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Cochrane Lake covers 92 acres and is located off Route 2 in the town of Ludlow (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 53 A1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brown trout (200 fish of 12” and 15 fish of 23”) and big splake (200 fish of 14”), which yields about 5 big trout per acre.

 

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Nickerson Lake covers 243 acres and is located in the town of New Limerick (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 53 A2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1130 fish of 13” and 100 fish of 17”) and big brown trout (200 fish of 12” and 35 fish of 23”), which yields about 6 big trout per acre.

 

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Spaulding Lake covers 125 acres and is located off Spaulding Lake Road in the town of Oakfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 52 A5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (570 fish of 13”), which yields about 5 big trout per acre.

 

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to share your thoughts and opinions by posting a comment. Also, feel free to tell us about your fishing experiences on any of the ponds presented above.

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