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

About two dozen ponds in Piscataquis 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 some 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 Piscataquis 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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Branns Mill Pond covers 271 acres and is located next to Upper Notch Road in Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 C2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/branns_mill_pond.pdf.This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13” and 75 fish of 17”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Fitzgerald Pond (a.k.a. Mountain View Pond)covers 550 acres and is located next to Mountain View Pond Road off Routes 15/6 (Rockwood Road) in Big Moose Township, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 C1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/fitzgerald_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (1,400 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 17”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

 


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Harlow Pond covers 179 acres and is located next to Harlow Pond Road off Route 150 (McPhetres Road) just south of Guilford and Sangerville in the township of Parkman, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 C5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/harlow_and_manhanock_pond.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (850 fish of 13” and 14”, plus 25 fish of 17”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 


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Sawyer Pond covers 67 acres and is located next to Scammon Road in Greenville, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/sawyer_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 


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Shirley Pond covers 60 acres and is located next to Upper Shirley Corner Road (Shirley Mills) in Shirley, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/shirley_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (330 fish of 13”), which yields between 5 and 6 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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