Best ice fishing ponds for catching rainbow trout in Maine (winter of 2014)

Around 20 ponds, most of them located in southern Maine counties, are managed as rainbow trout fisheries. Many of these ponds are open to ice fishing and are stocked with rainbow trout each spring or fall. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) which provide the best odds of catching bows through the ice.

I only present ponds that were stocked in 2013 with a minimum of 1 rainbow 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 salmon per acre, which equals 1 salmon every two to three acres.

It is highly recommended to consult the latest regulations (available at www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing/) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described 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.

Finally, 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+ stocked ponds and lakes throughout Maine.

 

The blog author with a massive 8.5 pound rainbow trout caught through the ice

The blog author with a massive 8.5 pound rainbow trout caught through the ice

 


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Crystal Lake covers 189 acres and is located next to Mayberry Road in Gray, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/crystal_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 250 rainbow trout of 14”, which yields between 1 and 2 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Forest Pond covers 45 acres and is located in Canton, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/forest_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 200 rainbow trout of 11”, which yields between 4 and 5 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Jones Pond covers 467 acres and is located off Pond Road (Route 195) in Gouldsboro, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 17 A1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/jones_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 930 rainbow trout 14”, which yields about 2 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Knickerbocker Pond covers 105 acres and is located off Barters Island Road in Boothbay, Lincoln County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 C2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/lincoln/knickerbocker_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 200 rainbow trout of 11”, which yields about 2 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Lake George covers 335 acres and is located next to Canaan Road (Route 2) in Canaan, Somerset County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 21 B2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/somerset/lake_george.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 400 rainbow trout of 14”, which yields about 1 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Little Ossipee Lake covers 564 acres and is located off Route 5 in Waterboro, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/ossipee_lake_little.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 2800 rainbow trout of 11”, which yields about 5 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Middle Range Pond covers 366 acres and is located next to Jackson Road in Poland, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/androscoggin/range_pond_middle.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 650 rainbow trout of 14”, which yields about 2 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Penneseewassee Lake covers 922 acres and is located next to Lake Road (Route 117) in Norway, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/pennesseewassee_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 1850 rainbow trout of 14”, which yields about 2 rainbow trout per acre.

 


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Stanley Pond covers 137 acres and is located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/stanley_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 950 rainbow trout of 11”, which yields about 7 rainbow trout per acre. Stanley Pond offers the best odds in Maine of catching rainbow trout through the ice during the winter of 2014.

 


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Worthley Pond covers 354 acres and is located next to East Shore Road in Peru, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/worthley_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 900 rainbow trout of 11”, which yields between 2 and 3 rainbow 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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