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

Around a dozen and a half ponds in Cumberland County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or rainbow trout 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 Cumberland County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish. 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 comparison, the average stocking rate for landlocked salmon in Maine is about 0.5 salmon per acre (which is equivalent to 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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Cold Rain Pond covers 38 acres and is located off Tiger Hill Road in Naples (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Crystal Lake covers 189 acres and is located off North Raymond Road in Gray (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This lake was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (285 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 17”), big brown trout (250 fish of 13”) and big rainbow trout (250 fish of 14”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

 

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Otter Pond #2 covers 12 acres and is located off Route 35 in Standish (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (225 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 17”), which yields about 20 large trout per acre. No other pond in southern Maine gives you better odds of catching a 2.5 lb brook trout during the 2013 ice fishing season!

 

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Otter Pond #4 (also called Snake Pond) covers 6 acres and is located behind a wooded knoll across from Otter Pond #2 in Standish (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D4).   Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (125 fish of 13” and 10 fish of 17”), which yields about 23 large trout per acre.  No other pond in southern Maine gives you better odds of catching a 2.5 lb brook trout during the 2013 ice fishing season!

 

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Sabbathday Lake covers 340 acres and is located off Outlet Road in New Glouchester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B3).   Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This lake was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 17”) and big brown trout (350 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Sand Pond covers 61 acres and is located off Sand Pond Road in Baldwin (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D4).   Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 16 fish of 17”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

 

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Upper Hinkley Pond covers 3 acres and is located in Hinkley Park off Highland Avenue in South Portland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 3 A4).  A depth map is not available. This urban pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 50 large trout per acre.  No other pond in southern Maine gives you better odds of catching a 1 lb brook trout during the 2013 ice fishing season…  Beware that Lower Hinkley Pond, which is the first body of water visible from the parking lot, is a “kids only” pond.  Upper Hinkley is located further up the hill.

 

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 experiencs on any of the ponds presented above.

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