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

About 10 ponds in Franklin 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 many 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 Franklin 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 fat 17" rainbow trout caught through the ice

A fat 17″ rainbow trout caught through the ice


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Chain of Ponds covers 700 acres and is located next to Route 27 (The Arnold Trail) in Chain of Ponds Township (T2 R6 WBKP), Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 38 E4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/chain_of_ponds.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (1050 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Clearwater Pond covers 751 acres and is located off Route 43 at Allens Mill (Industry), Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 C1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/clearwater_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (800 fish of 13” and 100 fish of 16”), which yields a total of about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Crowell Pond covers 211 acres and is located next to Route 41 (Vienna Road) in New Sharon, Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 D2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/crowell_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (1,550 fish of 13”), which yields about 7 large trout per acre.

 


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Haley Pond covers 170 acres and is located next to Routes 4 and 16 in Rangeley and Dallas Plantation, Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 28 E5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/haley_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (600 fish of 13”), which yields between 3 and 4 large trout per acre.

 


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Lufkin Pond covers 47 acres and is located to the south of Route 4 off South Lufkin Pond Road in Phillips, Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 A2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/lufkin_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brown trout (100 fish of 14”) and big splake (350 fish of 13”), which yields about 10 large trout per acre.

 


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Norcross Pond covers 122 acres and is located next to Ridge Road in Chesterville, Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/norcross_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (1,200 fish of 13” to 14”), which yields about 10 large trout per acre.

 


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Porter Lake covers 527 acres and is located next to Route 234 in Strong, Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 B1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/porter_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (1,300 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 16”), which yields a total of between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

 


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Webb Lake covers 2,146 acres and is located in Weld, Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 C2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/webb_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (2,000 fish of between 13” and 14”) and big brown trout (80 fish of 18”), which yields a total of about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Wilson Pond covers 563 acres and is located in Wilton, Franklin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 D4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/wilson_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (1,100 fish of 13” and 100 fish of 14″), which yields about 2 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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