Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Washington County, Maine (winter of 2016)

This blog highlights the ponds in Washington County which provide the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2016 ice fishing season. About a dozen and a half 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.

I only present ponds in Washington County that were stocked last 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 (click here for details) 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 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.

 

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Goulding Lake covers 17 acres and is located next to Western Road in Robbinston (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 37 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked last fall with big brook trout (75 fish of 14”), which yields between 4 and 5 large trout per acre. Goulding Lake offers good odds for catching large trout through the ice this winter.

 

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Indian Lake covers 120 acres and is located next to Route 1 in Whiting (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked last fall with big brook trout (200 fish of 14” and 25 fish of 20”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Keeley Lake covers 49 acres and is located between Second Marks Lake and Six Mile Lake off Route 192 in Marshfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked last fall with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Vining Lake covers 19 acres and is located off Route 191 in Cooper (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 36 E3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked last fall with big brook trout (50 fish of 14”), which yields between 2 and 3 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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