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

This blog highlights the ponds in Kennebec County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About two dozen 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 Kennebec 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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Cochnewagon Pond covers 410 acres and is located off 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 2014 with big brook trout (450 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (300 fish of 13” and 20 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 (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 2014 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 (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 2014 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 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 of 2014 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13”) and big splake (100 fish of 14”), which yields between 4 and 5 large trout per acre. Jamies Pond provides one of the best odds for catching 1-pound trout in Kennebec County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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McGrath Pond covers 486 acres and is located between Town Farm Road and McGrath Pond Road in Oakland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E5). 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 30 fish of 20”), which yields about 2 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 (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 2014 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13” and 30 fish of 20”) and big splake (100 fish of 14”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre. Minnehonk Lake provides one of the best odds for catching 1-pound trout in Kennebec County during the 2015 ice fishing season

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Salmon Lake (a.k.a. Ellis Pond) covers 666 acres and is located off Route 8 in Oakland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (700 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (600 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Sand Pond (a.k.a. Tacoma Lakes) covers 177 acres and is located next to Routes 9 and 26 in 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 2014 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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Upper Narrows Pond covers 279 acres and is located off Routes 11/100/202 in Winthrop (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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Wilson Pond covers 582 acres and is located in Wayne (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (200 fish of 12”), 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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