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

This blog highlights the ponds in Washington County where fishermen have the best odds of catching larger stocked trout during the 2015 ice fishing season. About a dozen and a half 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 Washington 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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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 in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

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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 in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 17”), 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 in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Keene’s Lake covers 115 acres and is located off Nash’s Lake Road in Calais (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 37 C1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (150 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 17”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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Montegail Pond covers 170 acres and is located in T19 MD BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 B4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (175 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Penman Pond covers 29 acres and is located in T26 ED BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 35 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 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 in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), 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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