Trout fishing on Willett Brook in Bridgeton, Maine (May 18, 2014)

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good stretch #6 (publish)This is a tale of two brooks…Willett Brook has its source in Denmark, ME. It flows north towards Bridgton and empties out into Long Lake. The State stocks this stream once each spring in late April-early May with around 400 brown trout measuring between 8” and 10”. General fishing rules apply. Click here for more details on the regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trout fishing on the Merriland River, Wells, Maine (May 5, 2014)

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A lazy pool on the Merriland River above the Collins Road culvert

A lazy pool on the Merriland River above the Collins Road culvert

The Merriland River has its source in Sanford, ME. It flows through the towns of Wells and Kennebunk and into the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge before emptying out in the Atlantic Ocean. Every year, the State stocks this river two or three times in April and May with (give or take) around 2,000 brook trout and brown trout measuring about 10”.  Click here for the latest stocking data. I’m spending two hours this evening exploring that part of the Merriland River which flows for about 2 miles between Route 1 and Interstate 95 in Kennebunk. I drive up Coles Hill Road from Route 1 for exactly 1 mile and arrive at a large culvert through which flows the river. I’m not the only one here this evening: five other cars are parked along the shoulder. The weather is grey and overcast. The air temp is 56°F and the water comes in at 54°F. The water level also looks perfect. Note that this stretch is governed by special fishing rules, as follows: (a) the river is open to fishing between April 1 and October 31, (b) only artificial lures are allowed, and (c) the daily bag limit for trout is two fish. Click here for more details about the fishing rules. 

 

 

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Brook trout fishing on Panther Run, Raymond, Maine (April 28, 2014)

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View of Panther Run from the dam

View of Panther Run from the dam

Panther Run (a.k.a. the Jordan River) is the outlet of Panther Pond. It starts at the Panther Pond dam by Mill Street and runs for roughly 1.5 river miles until it flows underneath Route 302 into Sebago Lake in Raymond. In early spring, melt water from the Crescent Lake and Panther Pond watersheds pours out into Panther Run via a long shute in the dam. This action creates a raging, roiling pool at the foot of the dam which attracts lots of brook trout. Note that the State stocks Panther Run each spring with several hundred brookies once in April and twice in May. Click here for the latest fish stocking data.

 

 

 

 

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TOP 5 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2014 Spring Fishing Season in York County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in York County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014. These ponds are all small. Some of them can be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft. The action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures.

The TOP 5 brook trout ponds in York County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: after all, everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

Some ponds were stocked in the fall of 2013 but were closed to ice fishing. Others are stocked once early in the spring or may be stocked several times in April and May. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reports/stocking/index.htm

It is always prudent to consult the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  The most up-to-date rules are available at www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing. Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds. One exception is Round Pond in Lyman, which is a “kids only” pond for ice fishing but a “general public” pond for the remainder of the year, including spring fishing. This pond is provided in the list below.

Finally, feel free to 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 ponds and lakes stocked by the State throughout Maine.

The TOP 5 brook trout ponds for the 2014 spring fishing season in York County are as follows:

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Hottest Brook Trout Ponds for the spring of 2014 in Washington County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Washington County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014.  Many of the target ponds are below 30 acres and are therefore relatively small.  Some of these ponds could be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft.  The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring.  Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

The hottest brook trout ponds in Washington County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered HOT due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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TOP 10 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2014 Spring Fishing Season in Somerset County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Somerset County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014.  Most of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small.  Some of these ponds could be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft.  The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring.  Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

 

The TOP 10 brook trout ponds in Somerset County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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TOP 10 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2014 Spring Fishing Season in Piscataquis County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Piscataquis County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014.  Most of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small.  Some of these ponds can be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft.  The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring.  Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

The TOP 10 brook trout ponds in Piscataquis County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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TOP 4 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2014 Spring Fishing Season in Penobscot County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Penobscot County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014. Three of the four target ponds are below 30 acres and are therefore relatively small.  Some of these ponds can be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

The TOP 4 brook trout ponds in Penobscot County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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TOP 4 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2014 Spring Fishing Season in Lincoln County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Lincoln County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014. All of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small.  Some of these ponds could be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

The TOP 4 brook trout ponds in Lincoln County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reports/stocking/index.htm.

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TOP 10 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2014 Spring Fishing Season in Oxford County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Oxford County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014. Most of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Some of these ponds can be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

The TOP 10 brook trout ponds in Oxford County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order. A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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