Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Oxford County, Maine (winter of 2015)

This blog highlights the ponds in Oxford County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About 26 ponds open 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 Oxford 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 salmon 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.

Always consult the latest regulations (click here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on these ponds. 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 below 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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Anasagunticook Lake (a.k.a. Canton Lake) covers 568 acres and is located next to Route 140 in Canton, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brown trout (500 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 18”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Bear Pond covers 218 acres and is located next to Waterford Road (Route 35) in Waterford, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 E4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big splake (200 fish of 14”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Bickford Pond covers 237 acres and is located next to Bickford Pond Road in Porter (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C1). 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” and 21 fish of 15”) and big brown trout (300 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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Big Clemmons Pond covers 85 acres and is located next to Notch Road in Hiram, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Bradley Pond covers 34 acres and is located off Route 5 in Lovell (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brown trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre. Bradley Pond offers good odds for catching 1-pound trout in Oxford County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Burnt Meadow Pond covers 69 acres and is located next to Spring Street (Route 160) in Brownfield, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”) and with big brown trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields between 3 and 4 large trout per acre. Burnt Meadow Pond offers good odds for catching 1-pound trout in Oxford County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Halls Pond covers 51 acres and is located next to Halls Pond Road (off Route 119) in Paris, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 D2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13” and 21 fish of 17”) and big brown trout (50 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 18”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre. Halls Pond offers good odds for catching large trout in Oxford County during the 2015 ice fishing season. Note that gasoline-powered augers cannot be used on this pond!

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Horseshoe Pond covers 132 acres and is located next to Horseshoe Pond Road in Lovell (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brown trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Hutchinson Pond covers 93 acres and is located next to Hutchinson Pond Road in Albany Township, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 C4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (75 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Keoka Lake covers 467 acres and is located next to Route 35 in Waterford, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D4). 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”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre. The pot was further sweetened with thity 16” landlocked salmon.

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Little Clemons Pond covers 25 acres and is located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields 4 large trout per acre. Little Clemons Pond offers good odds for catching 1-pound trout in Oxford County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Little Penneseewassee Pond covers 96 acres and is located next to Waterford Road (Route 118) in Norway, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre. Little Penneseewassee Pond offers good odds for catching 1-pound trout in Oxford County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Lovewell Pond covers 1120 acres and is located off Routes 5 and 113 in Fryeburg (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 A1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brown trout (1100 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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North Pond covers 164 acres and is located in Sumner, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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North Pond covers 284 acres and is located next to Route 26 in Woodstock (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 B4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brown trout (275 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Penneseewassee Lake covers 922 acres and is located in Norway, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big rainbow trout (1850 fish of 13” and 20 fish of 23”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre. The pot was further sweetened with 20 landlocked salmon of 16” and 20 additional landlocked salmon of 21”.

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Twitchell Pond covers 158 acres and is located next to Greenwood Road in Greenwood, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 B4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Virginia Lake covers 128 acres and is located next to Virginia Lake Road (off Route 5) in Stoneham, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 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”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Worthley Pond covers 354 acres and is located next to East Shore Road in Peru, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A3). 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 31 fish of 18”) and big brown trout (400 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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