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

This blog highlights the ponds in Somerset County which provide the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2017 ice fishing season. Around 20 ponds open to ice fishing in this county are stocked with trout each fall. 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. Click here for tips to increase your chances of catching more brookies through the ice.

I only present ponds in Somerset 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 number of lines allowed, daily bag limit, use of bait fish, minimum length limit, 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 fishing only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and rules.

 

A beautiful 14″ stocked brook trout caught through the ice

 

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Baker Pond covers 50 acres and is located next to Baker Pond Lane in Solon (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Indian Pond covers 53 acres and is located off Route 16 in Lexington Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 E1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre. Indian Pond offers good odds for catching large trout through the ice this winter.

 

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Morrill Pond covers 134 acres and is located off Route 23 (Hartland Road) in Hartland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 21 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Sandy Pond covers 107 acres and is located off Fahi Pond Road in Embden (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Smith Pond (a.k.a. Weeks Pond) covers 160 acres and is located next to Route 151 in Brighton Plantation (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (300 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Wentworth Pond (a.k.a. Ironbound Pond) covers 213 acres and is located next to Ironbound Pond Road in Solon (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 E1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with big brook trout (450 fish of 13” and 16 fish of 18”) and big splake (450 fish of 13”) which yields about 4 large trout per acre. Wentworth Pond 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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