Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in York County, Maine (winter of 2013)

Around a dozen and a half ponds in York County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or rainbow trout to support ice fishing during the winter of 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in York County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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 one of those larger fish. As a rough comparison, the average stocking rate for landlocked salmon in Maine is about 0.5 salmon per acre (or 1 salmon every two acres).

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.

 

 

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Deer Pond covers 32 acres and is located between Route 117 and Plains Road in Hollis (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 6 large trout per acre.

 

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Kennebunk Pond covers 224 acres and is located off Kennebunk Pond Road in Lyman (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13” and 16 fish of 17”), big brown trout (150 fish of 13”), and big rainbow trout (200 fish of 14”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

 

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Knights Pond covers 49 acres and is located off Knights Pond Road in South Berwick (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 E3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 16 fish of 17”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre.

 

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Littlefield Pond covers 23 acres and is located off Emmons Road in Sanford (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields about 9 large trout per acre.

 

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Moose Pond covers 27 acres and is located off H Road just to the east of Great East Lake in Acton (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 

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Parker Pond covers 26 acres and is located off Mast Road in Lyman, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2012 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13” and 16 fish of 17”), which yields about 12 large trout per acre.

 

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to share your thoughts and opinions by posting a comment. Also, feel free to tell us about your fishing experiences on any of the ponds presented  above.

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