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

This blog highlights the ponds in Waldo County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About 10 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 Waldo 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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Dutton Pond covers 36 acres and is located next to Dutton Pond Road (off Route 137) in Knox (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 A3). 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” and 30 fish of 20”), which yields about 9 large trout per acre. Dutton Pond offers good odds of catching large brookies during the 2015 ice fishing season in Waldo County!

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Halfmoon Pond covers 176 acres and is located off Dwelley Road in Prospect (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 22 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (210 fish of 13”, 490 fish of 14”, and 30 fish of 20”), which yields about 4 large trout per acre.

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Levenseller Pond covers 34 acres and is located next to Route 173 in Searsmont (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). 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” and 30 fish of 20”), which yields about 10 large trout per acre. Levenseller Pond offers good odds of catching large stocked brookies during the 2015 ice fishing season in Waldo County!

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Moody Pond covers 61 acres and is located next to Moody Mountain Road in Lincolnville (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). 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 3 large trout per acre.

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Norton Pond covers 112 acres and is located next to Routes 52 and 173 in Lincolnville (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). 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 3 large trout per acre.

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Sanborn Pond covers 98 acres and is located next to Route 137 (Belfast Road) in Brooks (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 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 2 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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