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

Around a dozen ponds in Franklin 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 Franklin 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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Crowell Pond covers 211 acres and is located off Route 41 (Vienna Road) in New Sharon (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 D2). 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 12” and 1000 fish of 13”), which yields about 6 large trout per acre.

 

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Haley Pond covers 170 acres and is located just to the east of Rangeley Lake on Routes 4 and 16 in Rangeley (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 28 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (600 fish of 14”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

 

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Lufkin Pond covers 47 acres and is located at the end of South Lufkin Pond Road (off Route 4) in the town of Phillips (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 A2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brown trout (100 fish of 14”) and big splake (350 fish of 14”), which yields about 10 large trout per acre.

 

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Norcross Pond covers 122 acres and is located at the end of Norcross Hill Road in Chesterville (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E1). 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 12” and 750 fish of 14”), which yields about 8 large trout per acre.

 

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Porter Lake covers 527 acres and is located alongside Route 234 in the town of Strong (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 B1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1477 fish of 13” and 55 fish of 15”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Wilson Pond covers 563 acres and is located alongside Route 2 in Wilton (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1100 fish of 14” and 100 fish of 17”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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