Best ice fishing ponds for catching lunker trout in Maine during the winter of 2017

The state releases part of its trout brood stock every fall to create some real and unexpected excitement on the ice. In most cases, though, too few of these huge fish are present such that catching one of them falls into the category of plain-old luck. In a few select ponds, however, enough of these fish were released in the fall of 2016 that it would make sense to target them specifically.

For this blog, I define a “lunker trout” as measuring 18” or more. Such a fish would weigh between 3.0 and 5.0 lbs depending on its size, which would make anyone’s ice fishing day! I also defined the minimum stocking density where it becomes worthwhile to target these hogs as 0.4 fish per acre of pond. This value represents the average stocking density for landlocked salmon throughout Maine.

The following ponds, which are presented in alphabetical order, met the two criteria outlined above (i.e., fish size range and minimum stocking density). No other ponds in the State of Maine offer better odds of catching a lunker trout during the 2017 ice fishing season than those listed below. It is recommended to consult the latest law book for details about special ice fishing rules that may apply on these ponds, such as the number of tip-ups allowed, use of live bait, daily bag limit, minimum size limit, etc.

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 a pond listed below can be fished through the ice by checking the latest regulations. Note also that the list below excludes “kids only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and special fishing rules.

 

Your blog author with a massive lunker rainbow trout caught through the ice

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Charles Pond covers 14 acres and is located next to Five Islands Road in Georgetown, Sagadahoc County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 D1). A depth map is not available. This pond was stocked in the fall with 10 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields 0.7 lunker trout per acre.

 

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Crystal Pond (a.k.a. Beals Pond) covers 47 acres and is located next to Route 4 in Turner, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 25 brown trout measuring 18” and 25 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields about 1.2 lunker trout per acre.

 

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Dutton Pond covers 36 acres and is located alongside Dutton Pond Road off Route 137 in the town of Knox, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 A3). Click here  for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 20 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields about 0.6 lunker trout per acre.

 

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Halls Pond covers 52 acres and is located next to Halls Pond Road in Paris, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 D2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 50 brown trout measuring 18”, which yields about 1 lunker trout per acre. Note that gasoline-powered augers cannot be used on Halls Pond per town ordnance posted along Halls Pond Road, even though this restriction is not mentioned in the state fishing regulations.

 

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Levenseller Pond covers 34 acres and is located next to Route 173 in Searsmont, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 25 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields about 0.7 lunker trout per acre.

 

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Lower Hadlock Pond covers 39 acres and is located off Routes 3 and 198 in Mount Desert, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 20 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields about 0.5 lunker trout per acre.

 

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Maces Pond covers 32 acres and is located next to Route 17 in Rockport, Knox County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 D3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 20 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields about 0.6 lunker trout per acre.

 

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Savade Pond covers 42 acres and is located next to Greeley Road in Windsor, Kennebec Pond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 25 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields 0.6 lunker trout per acre.

 

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Sewell Pond covers 43 acres and is located alongside Route 127 (Arrowsic Road) in Arrowsic, Sagadahoc County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 C5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 20 brook trout measuring 18”, which yields about 0.5 lunker 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 these locations.

 

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