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

A splake is a hybrid fish which results from crossing a male brook trout with a female lake trout in the hatchery. These fish are becoming popular because they grow faster than either parent, are relatively easy to catch under the ice, and cannot overrun a pond or lake because they do not reproduce. Around 50 ponds in Maine are managed as splake fisheries. Many of these ponds are open to ice fishing and are stocked with this trout variety in the spring or fall. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) which provide the best odds of catching splake through the ice.

I only present ponds that were stocked in 2013 with a minimum of 2 splake 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.

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Bear Pond covers 42 acres and is located just north of Sebec Lake in Bowerbank, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 A1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/bear_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 300 splake of 10”, which yields about 7 trout per acre. 

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strong>Chesuncook Pond covers 272 acres and is located in T3 R11 WELS Township, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/chesuncook_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 700 splake of 8”, which yields about 3 trout per acre. 

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Cochrane Lake covers 92 acres and is located just south of Route 2 in Ludlow (New Limerick), Aroostook County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 53 A1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/aroostook/cochrane_lake.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 200 splake of 13”, which yields about 2 trout per acre. 

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Deer Pond covers 181 acres and is located just to the west of Caribou Lake off Deer Pond Road in T3 R13 WELS Township, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 49 D5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/deer_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 500 splake of 10”, which yields about 3 trout per acre. 

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First Davis Pond covers 128 acres and is located off Route 150 in Guilford, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/first_and_second_davis_pondd.pdf.
This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 250 splake of 10”, which yields about 2 trout per acre. 

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Fitts Pond covers 106 acres and is located off Camp Roosevelt Road in Clifton, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 23 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/penobscot/fitts_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 400 splake of 10”, which yields about 4 trout per acre. 

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Heart Pond covers 73 acres and is located just across from Toddy Pond on Route 1/3 in Orland, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 23 E4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/heart_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 200 splake of 10”, which yields about 3 trout per acre. 

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Holbrook Pond covers 224 acres and is located just north of Rainbow Lake in Rainbow Township, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/holbrook_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 2150 splake of 8”, which yields about 10 trout per acre. 

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Hosea Pug Lake covers 58 acres and is located just to the east of Clifford Lake Road in T26 ED BPP Township, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 35 D5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/washington/hosea_pug_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 150 splake of 10”, which yields about 3 trout per acre. 

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Jacob Buck Pond covers 190 acres and is located off Jacob Buck Pond Road in Bucksport, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 23 D3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/jacob_buck_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 350 splake of 10”, which yields about 2 trout per acre. 

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Keeley Lake covers 49 acres and is sandwiched between Six Mile Lake and Second Marks Lake to the east of Route 192 (Northfield Road) in Marshfield, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/washington/keeley_lake.pd. This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 100 splake of 10”, which yields about 2 trout per acre. 

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Long Pond covers 371 acres and is located in TA R11 WELS Township, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 42 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/long_pond_tar11.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 1700 splake of 8”, which yields about 5 trout per acre. 

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Lufkin Pond covers 47 acres and is located off South Lufkin Pond Road south of Rangeley Road (Route 4) in Phillips, Franklin County (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 A2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/franklin/lufkin_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 350 splake of 13”, which yields about 7 trout per acre. 

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Minnehonk Lake covers 99 acres and is located next to Route 41 in Mount Vernon, Kennebec County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/kennebec/minnehonk_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 200 splake of 13”, which yields about 2 trout per acre. 

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Second Lake covers 104 acres and is located in T37 MD BPP Township, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 35 D4). This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 350 splake of 10”, which yields about 3 trout per acre. 

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Trickey Pond covers 311 acres and is located next to Route 114/11 in Naples, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/cumberland/trickey_pond.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the spring of 2013 with 800 splake of 10”, which yields about 3 trout per acre. 

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Wenthworth Pond (a.k.a. Ironbound Pond) covers 213 acres and is located next to Ironbound Pond Road (off Hole in the Wall Road) in Solon, Somerset County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 E1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/somerset/wentworth_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 400 splake of 13”, which yields about 2 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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