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

About a dozen and a half ponds in Piscataquis County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown 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 Piscataquis 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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Branns Mill Pond covers 271 acres and is located alongside Notch Road in Dover-Foxcroft (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (900 fish of 13” and 75 fish of 17”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

 

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Center Pond covers 403 acres and is located off Silver Mills Road in Sangerville (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 C1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1000 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (1200 fish of 14”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 

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First Davis Pond covers 128 acres and is located alongside Route 150 in Guilford (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (700 fish of 13”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 

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Fitzgerald Pond (also known as Mountain View Pond) covers 550 acres and is located off Routes 15 and 6 in Big Moose Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 C1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1400 fish of 14” and 50 fish of 17”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Harlow Pond covers 179 acres and is located alongside Harlow Pond Road (off Route 150) in the town of Parkman (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 C5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”, 450 fish of 14”, and 25 fish of 17”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Manhanock Pond covers 595 acres and is located off Routes 150 and 23 in Sangerville (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 C5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1250 fish of 13” and 75 fish of 17”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Prong Pond covers 427 acres and is located between Moosehead Lake and Upper Wilson Pond off Lily Bay Road/Kokadjo Road in Beaver Cove (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (1100 fish of 12”, 150 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 17”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Sawyer Pond covers 67 acres and is located alongside Scammon Road in Greenville (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D3). 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 14”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 

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Shirley Pond covers 60 acres and is located alongside the B&a Railroad Road in the town of Shirley (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (300 fish of 12”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 

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Snows Pond covers 21 acres and is located off Route 153 in Dover-Foxcroft (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 B2). 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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