Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Franklin County, Maine (winter of 2013)

Around a dozen ponds in Franklin County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or splake to support ice fishing during the winter of 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Franklin County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Cumberland County, Maine (winter of 2013)

Around a dozen and a half ponds in Cumberland County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or rainbow trout to support ice fishing during the winter of 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Cumberland County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in York County, Maine (winter of 2013)

Around a dozen and a half ponds in York County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or rainbow trout to support ice fishing during the winter of 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in York County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Aroostook County, Maine (winter of 2013)

Around 20 ponds in Aroostook County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or splake to support ice fishing during the winter of 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Aroostook County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Androscoggin County, Maine (winter of 2013)

A dozen ponds in Androscoggin County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, and/or rainbow trout to support ice fishing in 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Androscoggin County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those large fish through the ice. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below.  Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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TOP 2 brook trout ponds for the 2013 ice fishing season in Western Maine

For the purpose of this blog, I’ll define a trout pond as a body of water less than 30 acres in size which is stocked in the fall with hatchery-reared brook trout to support icefishing.  Such small ponds freeze over early in the season and are typically safe to fish several weeks before the bigger lakes become accessible.  This provides a real opportunity for hot early-season action for those of us (myself included!) who just can’t wait to catch brookies through the ice.

Western Maine covers Oxford and Franklin counties.  The TOP 2 brook trout ponds for the 2013 ice fishing season in this area are summarized below (in alphabetical order).  A pond is considered “top” based on its stocking density: the more trout are stocked per acre, the higher the chances of catching them.

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TOP 8 brook trout ponds for the 2013 ice fishing season in South Coastal Maine

For the purpose of this blog, I’ll define a brook trout pond as a body of water less than 30 acres in size which is stocked in the fall with hatchery-reared brook trout to support icefishing.  Such small ponds freeze over early in the season and are typically safe to fish several weeks before the bigger lakes become accessible.  This provides a real opportunity for hot early-season action for those of us (myself included!) who just can’t wait to catch brookies through the ice.

Keep in mind, though, that these smaller ponds are typically managed as winter “put-and-take” fisheries.  As a result, they get a lot of pressure early in the season and can be largely fished out within a few weeks.  But by then the bigger lakes are frozen over and the action moves elsewhere.

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Top 9 brook trout ponds for the 2013 ice fishing season in Downeast Maine

For the purpose of this blog, I’ll define a brook trout pond as a body of water less than 30 acres in size which is stocked in the fall with hatchery-reared brook trout to support icefishing.  These small ponds freeze over early in the season and are typically safe to fish several weeks before the bigger lakes become accessible.  This provides a real opportunity for hot early-season action for those of us (myself included!) who just can’t wait to catch brookies through the ice.

Keep in mind, though, that the state typically manages these smaller ponds as winter “put-and-take” fisheries.  As a result, they get a lot of pressure early in the season and may be largely fished out within a few weeks.  But by then the bigger lakes have frozen over and the ice fishing action moves elsewhere.

Downeast Maine covers Hancock and Washington counties.  The TOP 9 brook trout ponds for the 2013 ice fishing season in this area are highlighted below (in alphabetical order).  A pond is considered “top” based on its stocking density: the more trout are stocked per acre, the higher the chances of catching them. Always consult the latest law book about special ice fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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Ice fishing for landlocked Atlantic salmon: 11 strategies to catch more of them

Landlocked Atlantic salmon (also known simply as “landlocked salmon” in Maine) are a highly-desirable species to catch while ice fishing because they are great fighters, can grow big, and taste delicious!  But it is also a challenge to catch them consistently because they live in large lakes, roam great distances in search of food, are difficult to pinpoint, and are stocked at low levels in order not to deplete their forage base.  Follow the strategies below to maximize your chances of hooking one of these magnificent creatures.

 

A beautiful 5.0 lbs landlocked salmon caught on March 11, 2012 by your blog author on Trickey Pond, Naples, Maine.

A beautiful 5.0 lbs landlocked salmon caught on March 11, 2012 by your blog author on Trickey Pond, Naples, Maine.

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ice fishing for bass: eight proven tactics to catch more of them

Contrary to popular lore, smallmouth and largemouth bass do bite under the ice. In fact, I’ve caught some of my biggest bass that way! But we have to adjust our tactics in response to the wintery conditions. The fish congregate on the bottom and are lethargic and slow. They only eat a small fraction of what they would normally eat in the summer. But here’s the thing: they do need to feed and can therefore be caught.  Below are some ways to catch more bass under the ice.

 

Bass fishing through hard water is a blast!

Bass fishing through hard water is a blast!


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