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

This blog highlights the ponds in York 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 York 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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Adams Pond (a.k.a. Rock Haven Pond) covers 210 acres and is located off Routes 11 and 110 in Newfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13”), which yields about 1 large trout per acre.

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Alewife Pond covers 37 acres and is located in Kennebunk (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C5). 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” and 16 fish of 17”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Deer Pond covers 32 acres and is located next to Route 117 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 2014 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”) and big brown trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 6 large trout per acre. Deer Pond offers good odds of catching large trout during the 2015 ice fishing season in York County!

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Horne Pond (a.k.a. Pequawket Lake)covers 166 acres and is located off Pequawket Lake Road in Limington (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D4). 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” ) and big brown trout (150 fish of 13” and 50 fish of 18”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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Kennebunk Pond covers 224 acres and is located next to Kennebunk Pond Road in Lyman (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 2014 with big brook trout (300 fish of 13” and 23 fish of 18”), big brown trout (150 fish of 13”) and big rainbow trout (200 fish of 13”), which yields 3 large trout per acre.

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Knights Pond covers 49 acres and is located next to 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. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (200 fish of 13” and 21 fish of 17”), which yields between 4 and 5 large trout per acre. Knights Pond offers good odds of catching large brook trout during the 2015 ice fishing season in York County!

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Littlefield Pond covers 19 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. Click here for access directions. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13”), which yields about 5 large trout per acre. Littlefield Pond offers good odds of catching large brook trout during the 2015 ice fishing season in York County!

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Long Pond covers 275 acres and is located next to Road Between the Ponds in Parsonsfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13” and 21 fish of 15”) and big brown trout (150 fish of 13”), which yields between 1 and 2 large trout per acre.

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Moose Pond covers 27 acres and is located next to H Road 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 2014 with big brook trout (50 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

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Mousam Lake covers 900 acres and is located in Acton (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (375 fish of 13” and 28 fish of 18”) and big brown trout (1170 fish of 13”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre. This pot was further sweetened by the addition of 40 landlocked salmon measuring 21” and 30 lake trout measuring 29”.

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Parker Pond (a.k.a. Barkers Pond)covers 26 acres and is located next to Barkers Pond Road in Lyman (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Click here for access directions. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (100 fish of 13” and 21 fish of 17”), which yields between 4 and 5 large trout per acre. Parker Pond offers good odds of catching large brook trout during the 2015 ice fishing season in York County!

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Symmes Pond covers 36 acres and is located next to Route 11 in Newfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A2). 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” and 21 fish of 17”), which yields about 3 large trout per acre.

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Wilson Lake covers 320 acres and is located off Route 109 in Acton (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with big brook trout (250 fish of 13” and 23 fish of 18”) and big brown trout (300 fish of 13” and 25 fish of 18”), which yields about 2 large trout per acre.

 
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