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

This blog highlights the ponds in Sagadahoc County which provide the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2017 ice fishing season. Half-a-dozen ponds open to ice fishing in this county are stocked with trout each fall. Many 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 Sagadahoc 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 trap limits, daily bag limit, use of bait fish, or minimum size limit of keepers, 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 only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and fishing rules.

 

Your blog author with a 15″ brookie caught through the ice

 

 

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Charles Pond covers 14 acres and is located next to Route 127 (Five Islands Road) in Georgetown, Sagadahoc County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 D1). A depth map is not available. This pond was stocked in the fall with large brook trout (200 fish of 14” and 10 fish of 18”) which yields 15 large brook trout per acre. Charles Pond offers excellent odds of catching large brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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Sewall Pond covers 43 acres and is located alongside Route 127 (Arrowsic Road) in Arrowsic, Sagadahoc County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 C5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with large brook trout (450 fish of 13” and 20 fish of 18”), which yields about 11 large trout per acre. Sewall Pond offers excellent odds for catching large trout through the ice this winter.

 

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Silver Lake covers 12 acres and is located at the end of Route 209 (past Popham Beach State Park) in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 E5).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with large brook trout (55 fish of 13” and 10 fish of 17”), which yields between 5 and 6 large trout per acre. Silver Lake offers good odds for catching large 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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