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

About 45 ponds in Hancock County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 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 Hancock 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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Bubble Pond is a 32 acre body of water located in Acadia National Park in the township of Bar Harbor (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B4). A depth map and more information on this pond can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/bubble_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Eagle Lake covers 436 acres and is located next to Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road) in Acadia National Park in the township of Bar Harbor, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/eagle_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 80 fish of 19”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Hopkins Pond covers 442 acres and is located off Hopkins Pond Road in Mariaville, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 B1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/hopkins_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (500 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Jones Pond covers 467 acres and is located next to Routes 1, 186 and 195 in Gouldsboro, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 17 A1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/jones_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big rainbow trout (930 fish of 14”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Lower Hadlock Pond covers 39 acres and is located off Routes 3/198 in Acadia National Park in the township of Mount Desert (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 C3). A depth map and more information on this pond can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/hadlock_pond_lower.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (75 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 16”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

 


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Lower Springy Pond covers 114 acres and is located next to Springy Pond Road off Route 180 in Otis, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 B1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/springy_pond_lower.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 17”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 


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Middle Oxhead Pond covers 38 acres and is located to the west of Nicatous Lake in township T40 MD, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 C4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/oxhead_pond_middle.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (137 fish of 13” and 20 fish of 17”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

 


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Round Pond covers 38 acres and is bordered by Acadia National Park in the township of Mount Desert (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B2). A depth map and more information on this pond can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/round_pond.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

 


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Witchhole Pond covers 28 acres and is located in Acadia National Park in the township of Bar Harbor (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B4). A depth map and more information on this pond can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/witchhole_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (55 fish of 13”), 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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