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

About 10 ponds in Knox 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 Knox 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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Chickawaukie Pond covers 352 acres and is located next to Route 17 in Rockland, Knox County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 E3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/knox/chickawaukie_pond.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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Crystal Pond covers 98 acres and is located next to Crystal Lake Road in Washington, Knox County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/knox/crystal_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (15 fish of 24″), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Hosmer Pond covers 53 acres and is located next to Hosmer Pond Road in Camden, Knox County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 D3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/knox/hosmer_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (175 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 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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