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

This blog highlights the ponds in Franklin County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About 10 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 Franklin 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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Chain of Ponds covers 700 acres and is located next to Route 27 in Chain of Ponds Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 38 E4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (850 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Clearwater Pond covers 751 acres and is located off Route 43 (Industry Road) in Industry (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 C1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (850 fish of 13” and 100 fish of 15”), which yields 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 (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 2014 with big brook trout (1100 fish of 13”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

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Haley Pond covers 170 acres and is located next to Route 4 in Dallas Plantation (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 2014 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 at the end of South Lufkin Pond Road to the south of Route 4 in 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 2014 with big brown trout (100 fish of 13”) and big splake (350 fish of 14”), which yields between 9 and 10 large trout per acre. Lufkin Pond provides one of the best odds for catching 1-pound trout in Franklin County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Norcross Pond covers 122 acres and is located next to Ridge 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 2014 with big brook trout (950 fish of 13”), which yields about 8 large trout per acre.

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Porter Lake covers 527 acres and is located next to Route 234 in 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 2014 with big brook trout (1350 fish of 13”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

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Webb Lake covers 2146 acres and is located off Route 142 (Dixfield Road) in Weld (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (2300 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (1300 fish of 13” and 80 fish of 18”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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Wilson Pond covers 563 acres and is located off Route 2 in Wilton (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 D4). 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 100 fish of 16”), 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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