Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Aroostook County (winter of 2015)

This blog highlights the ponds in Aroostook County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About 15 ponds open to ice fishing were stocked with trout in the fall of 2014 in this county. Most of these fish are relatively small (7” to 12”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action. The state also spiced up some of the ponds with larger trout, which are defined here as fish measuring 13” or more, and weighing at least 1 pound.

I only present ponds in Aroostook County that were stocked in the fall of 2014 with a minimum of 1 large trout per acre. As a rough yardstick, the average stocking density for landlocked salmon in Maine ponds and lakes is about 0.3 to 0.5 fish per acre, which equals 1 salmon every two to three acres. 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 through the ice.

 

Always consult the latest regulations (click here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds presented below. 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 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 which have their own stocking regime and fishing rules.

Finally, feel free to 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+ ponds and lakes stocked annually throughout Maine.

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Arnold Brook Lake covers 395 acres and is located of Miles Road in Presque Isle (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 65 E1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (1000 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 17””), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

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Cochrane Lake covers 92 acres and is located next to Route 2 in New Limerick (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 53 A1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big splake (200 fish of 14”) and big brook trout (25 fish of 17”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

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Faulkner Lake covers 70 acres and is located next to Harris Hill Road in Weston (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 53 E3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (165 fish of 13”, 15 fish of 17”, and 5 fish of 18”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

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Madawaska Lake covers 1526 acres and is located in T16 R4 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 68 E4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (1500 fish of 13” and 100 fish of 17”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Molunkus Lake covers 1050 acres and is located in Molunkus Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 44 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (1000 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Mud Pond covers 25 acres and is located next to South Oakfield Road in Linneus (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 53 B1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 17”), which yields about 17 large trout per acre. Mud Pond offers the best odds for catching large trout in Aroostook County during the winter of 2015.

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Nickerson Lake covers 234 acres and is located off Drews Lake Road in New Limerick (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 53 A2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (1200 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 17”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

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Rowe Lake covers 252 acres and is located in T11 R8 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 63 E2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Spaulding Lake covers 125 acres and is located next to Spaulding Lake Road in Oakfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 52 A5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13”, 42 fish of 17”, and 8 fish of 18”), which yields between 3 and 4 large trout per acre.

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 of these locations.

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