Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Kennebec County, Maine (winter of 2017)

This blog highlights the ponds in Kennebec County which provide the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2017 ice fishing season. About two dozen ponds open to ice fishing in this county are stocked with trout each fall. 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. Click here for tips to increase your chances of catching more brookies through the ice.

I only present ponds in Kennebec County that were stocked in the fall with at least 2 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.

It is recommended to consult the latest regulations about special rules that may apply on the ponds presented below, such as number of lines allowed, daily bag limit, use of bait fish, minimum length limit, etc. 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. Note also that the list excludes “kids fishing only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and fishing rules.

 

A beautiful 14″ stocked brook trout caught through the ice

 

 

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Fairbanks Pond covers 14 acres and is located 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 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields between 3 and 4 large trout per acre.

 

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Jamies Pond (a.k.a. Jimmie Pond) covers 107 acres and is located between Meadow Hill Road and Farm Road in Manchester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 20 fish of 18”) and big splake (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre. Jamies Pond offers good odds for catching large trout through the ice this winter.

 

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Minnehonk Lake covers 99 acres and is located next to Route 41 (Pond Road) in 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 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13” and 20 fish of 18”) and big splake (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre. Minnehonk Lake offers good odds for catching large trout through the ice this winter.

 

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Savade Pond covers 42 acres and is located next to Greeley Road in Windsor (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (400 fish of 14” and 25 fish of 18”), which yields 10 large trout per acre. Savade Pond offers excellent odds for catching large trout through the ice this winter.

 

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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