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

About two dozen ponds in Penobscot 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 Penobscot County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.  

I only include 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 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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Etna Pond covers 361 acres and is located off Route 143 in Etna, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 22 B3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/penobscot/etna_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 19”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Hermon Pond covers 461 acres and is located off Newburg Road (just north of I-95) in Hermon, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 22 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/penobscot/hermon_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (550 fish of 13” and 14”, plus 30 fish of 19”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Mud Pond covers 366 acres and is located next to Poplar Street in Old Town, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 33 E2). This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (500 fish of 13” and 16 fish of 17”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Puffers Pond (a.k.a. Echo Lake)covers 96 acres and is located off Garland Road in Dexter, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 D1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/penobscot/puffers_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 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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