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

About 20 ponds in Washington County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing during the winter of 2014. 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 several 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 Washington 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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Keeley Lake covers 49 acres and is located between Six Mile Lake and Second Marks Lake off Route 192 (Northfield Road) in Marshfield, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/washington/keeley_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 


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Montegail Pond covers 170 acres and is located in T19 MD BPP, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 B4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/washington/montegail_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (175 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

 


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Schoodic Lake covers 389 acres and is located just west of Schoodic Road in Cherryfield, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/washington/schoodic_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with big brook trout (400 fish of 13 and 75 fish of 19”), which yields about 1 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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