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

About 30 ponds in Kennebec 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 Kennebec 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 did 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 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 density 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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Cochnewagon Pond covers 410 acres and is located in Monmouth, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/cochnewagon_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 35 fish of 19”) and big brown trout (300 fish of 14” and 53 fish of 18”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Fairbanks Pond covers 14 acres and is located in Manchester, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/fairbanks_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields between 3 and 4 large trout per acre.

 


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Flying Pond covers 360 acres and is located next to Route 41 (Pond Road) in Vienna, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/flying_pond_vienna.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Jamies Pond (a.k.a. Jimmie Pond) covers 107 acres and is located off Collins Road in Manchester, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/jamies_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (500 fish of 13” to 14” and 30 fish of 19”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 


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Lower Narrows Pond covers 255 acres and is located between Lake Annabessacook and Cobbosseecontee Lake in Winthrop, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/narrows_pond_lower.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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McGrath Pond covers 486 acres and is located off Farm Road in Oakland, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/mcgrath_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (450 fish of 13” and 30 fish of 19”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Minnehonk Lake covers 99 acres and is located next to Route 41 (Pond Road) in Mount Vernon, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/minnehonk_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 35 fish of 19”) and big splake (200 fish of 13”), which yields between 4 and 5 large trout per acre.

 


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Salmon Lake (a.k.a. Ellis Pond) covers 666 acres and is located off Route 8 in Oakland, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/salmon_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (500 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (600 fish of 14” and 35 fish of 18”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Sand Pond covers 177 acres and is located off Route 9/126 in Monmouth, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/sand_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (175 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Upper Narrows Pond covers 279 acres and is located off Routes 202/11/100 in Winthrop, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/narrows_pond_upper.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 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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