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

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 2013 that it would make sense to target them specifically.

For this blog, I define a “lunker trout” as measuring between 19” and 24”. Such a fish would weigh between 3.0 and 6.0 lbs depending on its size, which would make anyone’s ice fishing day! I also defined the minimum stocking density where it becomes worth targeting these fish as around 0.3 fish per acre of pond. This value represents the average stocking density for landlocked salmon throughout Maine.

The following ponds (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 the fish of a lifetime during the 2014 ice fishing season than those listed below.

It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/regulations_seasons/index.htm) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on these ponds. I have done my utmost best to verify that a particular pond is indeed open for ice fishing, but I make no guarantees that my interpretation of the Maine fishing rules is accurate or correct. It is up to each individual reader of this blog to ensure that a pond listed below can be fished through the ice.

Also, 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.

 


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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/waldo/dutton_pond_knox.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 30 brook trout measuring 19” and 10 brown trout measuring 24”, which yields about 1 lunker trout per acre.

 


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Indian Lake covers 120 acres and is located next to Route 1 in Whiting, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B5). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/washington/indian_lake.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 50 brook trout measuring 19”, which yields about 0.4 lunker trout per acre.

 


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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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/waldo/levenseller_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 30 brook trout measuring 19”, which yields about 0.9 lunker 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 35 brook trout measuring 19”, which yields about 0.3 lunker trout per acre.

 


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Sanborn Pond covers 98 acres and is located next to Route 137 in Brooks, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/waldo/sanborn_pond.pdf.  This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 30 brook trout measuring 19” and 10 brown trout measuring 24”, which yields about 0.4 lunker trout per acre.

 


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Sewall 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). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/sagadahoc/sewell_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 25 brook trout measuring 19”, which yields about 0.6 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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