Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Penobscot County (winter of 2015)

This blog highlights the ponds in Penobscot County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About 21 ponds open to 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 Penobscot 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 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.

Always consult the latest regulations (click here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds presented 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 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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Etna Pond covers 361 acres and is located off Route 143 (Lakins Road) in Etna (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 22 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13” and 30 fish of 20”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Hermon Pond covers 461 acres and is located off Newberg Road in Hermon (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 22 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (800 fish of 13” and 30 fish of 20”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Mud Pond (a.k.a. Perch Pond) covers 366 acres and is located next to 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 2014 with big brook trout (500 fish of 13” and 25 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 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 of 2014 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields between 2 and 3 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 of 2014 with big brook trout (575 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 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 of 2014 with big brook trout (220 fish of 13”), which yields about 11 large trout per acre. Trout Pond provides one of the best odds for catching 1-pound trout in Penobscot County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Upper Pond covers 506 acres and is located in Lincoln (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 A1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (450 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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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 of 2014 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 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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