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

Around two dozen ponds in Kennebec County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout and  brown trout 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 Kennebec 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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Cochnewagon Pond covers 410 acres and is located alongside Route 132 (Main Street) in Monmouth (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D2). 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 13” and 45 fish of 17”) and large brown trout (300 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Fairbanks Pond covers 14 acres and is located next to Fairbanks Road (off Summerhaven Road) in Manchester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (25 fish of 14”) and big brown trout (50 fish of 12”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 

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Flying Pond covers 360 acres and is located alongside Route 41 (Pond Road) in the town of Vienna (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (120 fish of 13” and 350 fish of 14”) and big brown trout (350 fish of 12”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Minnehonk Lake covers 99 acres and is located alongside Route 41 (Pond Road) in the town of Mount Vernon (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”, 200 fish of 14”, and 30 fish of 20”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre. Minnehonk Lake provides one of the best odds of catching a 3.0-3.5 lbs stocked brook trout in this part of the state during the 2013 ice fishing season.

 

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Sand Pond covers 177 acres and is located alongside Routes 9 and 126 (Lewiston Road) in the town of Monmouth (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (175 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (250 fish of 12”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to share your thoughts and opinions by posting a comment. Also, feel free to tell us about your fishing experiencs on any of the ponds presented above.

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