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

About 25 ponds in Cumberland 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 spiced 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 Cumberland 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 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.

A nice 17" rainbow trout caught through the ice

A nice 17″ rainbow trout caught through the ice


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Cold Rain Pond covers 38 acres and is located just south of Tiger Hill Road in Naples, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/cold_rain_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre. Note that Tiger Hill Road is unplowed in the winter.

 


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Crystal Lake covers 189 acres and is located north of North Raymond Road in Gray, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/crystal_lake.pdf. This lake was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (285 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), and big rainbow trout (250 fish of 14”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 


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Otter Pond #2 covers 12 acres and is located off Route 35 in Standish, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). This pond will be the second pond on your right if you walk down the old railroad tracks from Route 35. A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/otter_ponds.pdf Otter Pond #2 was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (175 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), which yields about 16 large trout per acre.

 


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Otter Pond #4 (a.k.a. Snake Pond)covers 6 acres and is located off Route 35 in Standish, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). This pond is hidden behind a wooded knoll across from Otter Pond #2. A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/otter_ponds.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13” and 10 fish of 18”), which yields about 27 large trout per acre.

 


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Parker Pond covers 166 acres and is located next to Route 121 in Casco, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/parker_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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Sabbathday Lake covers 340 acres and is located off Route 26 in New Glouchester, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/sabbathday_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Sand Pond covers 61 acres and is located next to Sand Pond Road off Route 11 in Baldwin, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/sand_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 15 fish of 18”), which yields a total of between 3 and 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, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 73 G4). A depth map is not available; the maximum depth is about 9 ft in front of the dam. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields about 17 large trout per acre. Note that Lower Hinkley Pond, which is the first pond visible from the parking lot, is reserved as a kids fishing pond.

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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