Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Penobscot County, Maine (winter of 2017)

This blog highlights the ponds in Penobscot County which provide the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2017 ice fishing season. Around two dozen ponds open to ice fishing in this county are stocked with trout each fall. 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. Click here for tips to increase your chances of catching more brookies through the ice.

I only present ponds in Penobscot County that were stocked in the fall with at least 2 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 fish 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 through the ice.

It is recommended to consult the latest regulations about special rules that may apply on the ponds presented below, such as number of lines allowed, daily bag limit, use of bait fish, minimum length limit, etc. 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. Note also that the list excludes “kids fishing only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and fishing rules.

 

A beautiful 14″ stocked brook trout caught through the ice

 

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Puffers Pond (a.k.a. Echo Lake) covers 96 acres and is located off Route 94 (Garland Road) in 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 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Smith Pond covers 208 acres and is located next to the Golden Road in T3 Indian Purchase Township (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 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13” and 20 fish of 20”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Trout Pond covers 20 acres and is located in 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 with big brook trout (200 fish of 14″ and 10 fish of 17”), which yields between 10 and 11 large trout per acre. Trout Pond offers excellent odds for catching large trout through the ice this winter.

 

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Weir Pond covers 45 acres and is located off Weir Pond Road in 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 with big brook trout (150 fish of 14”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Wiley Pond covers 32 acres and is located off Frenchville Road in Patten, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (150 fish of 13” and 20 fish of 17”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre. Wiley Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound trout through the ice this winter.

 

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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