Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Penobscot County, Maine (winter of 2013)

About two dozen ponds in Penobscot County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout and splake to support ice fishing during the winter of 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Penobscot County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  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 one of those larger fish. As a rough comparison, the average stocking rate for landlocked salmon in Maine is about 0.5 salmon per acre (which is equivalent to 1 salmon every two acres).

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.

 

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Mud Pond (a.k.a. Perch Pond) covers 366 acres and is located just to the east of Pushaw Lake off Poplar Street in Old Town (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 33 E2). A depth map is not available. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (500 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 

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Puffers Pond (also known as Echo Lake) covers 96 acres and is located alongside Route 94 (Garland Road) in the town of Dexter (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Smith Pond covers 208 acres and is located off the Golden Road in township T3 Indian Purchase (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 43 A2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 17”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Trout Pond covers 20 acres and is located between Cold Stream Pond and Eskutassis Pond in the town of Lowell (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 B1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 10 large trout per acre.

 

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Weir Pond covers 45 acres and is located in the town of Lee (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 44 E4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 17”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

 

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