Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Oxford County (winter of 2014)

Over 30 ponds in Oxford County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing during the winter of 2014. 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 several 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 Oxford County where fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.

I only present ponds that were stocked in the fall of 2013 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.

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 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.

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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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at
www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/anasagunticook_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brown trout (500 fish of 14” 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/bear_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”) and big splake (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Big Clemmons Pond covers 64 acres and is located next to Notch Road in Hiram, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/big_clemmons_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/burnt_meadow_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Ellis Pond covers 920 acres and is located next to South Shore Road in Roxbury, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 18 D4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/ellis_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (1000 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/hall_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 65 fish of 18”) and big brown trout (50 fish of 14” and 50 fish of 18”), which yields about 7 large trout per acre. Halls Pond offers the best opportunity for catching large trout in Oxford County during the 2014 ice fishing season. Note that gasoline-powered augers cannot be used on this pond!

 


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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/hutchinson_pond.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/keoka_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (700 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre. The pot was further sweetened with thirty 18” 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/clemmons_pond_little.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

 


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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/pennessewassee_pond_little.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/north_pond_sumner.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/pennesseewassee_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big rainbow trout (1850 fish of 14”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre. The pot was further sweetened with twenty 18” and twenty 24” landlocked salmon.

 


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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/twitchell_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brown trout (150 fish of 14”), which yields about 1 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/virginia_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/worthley_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (400 fish of 14”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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