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

This blog highlights the ponds in Piscataquis County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About a dozen and a half 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 Piscataquis 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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Center Pond covers 403 acres and is located off Silvers 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 2014 with big brown trout (1200 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

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Doe Pond covers 54 acres and is located off Blanchard Road in Monson (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

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First Davis Pond covers 128 acres and is located off 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 2014 with big brook trout (700 fish of 13”), which yields between 5 and 6 large trout per acre. First Davies Pond provides one of the best odds for catching 1-pound trout in Piscataquis County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Harlow Pond covers 179 acres and is located next to Harlow Pond Road in 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 2014 with big brook trout (450 fish of 13” and 27 fish of 18”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

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Manhanock Pond covers 595 acres and is located off Route 150 (McPhetres Road) 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 2014 with big brook trout (1050 fish of 13” and 75 fish of 17”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Prong Pond covers 427 acres and is located off Lily Bay 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 2014 with big brook trout (1100 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 17”), which yields between 2 and 3 large trout per acre.

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Sawyer Pond covers 67 acres and is located next to 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 2014 with big brook trout (350 fish of 13”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre. Sawyer Pond provides one of the best odds for catching 1-pound trout in Piscataquis County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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Shirley Pond covers 60 acres and is located in 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 2014 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13”), which yields 5 large trout per acre. Shirley Pond provides one of the best odds for catching 1-pound trout in Piscataquis County during the 2015 ice fishing season.

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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