TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Lincoln County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Lincoln County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. 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 water, the greater the chances of catching those fish!
All of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures. All of these ponds are closed to ice fishing and are stocked once in the spring. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.
Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds. The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 spring fishing season in Lincoln County are listed below in alphabetical order.

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TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Kennebec County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Kennebec County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. 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 water, the greater the chances of catching those fish! Most of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures. Click here for the most-recent stocking report compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.
The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 spring fishing season in Kennebec County are listed below in alphabetical order:

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TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Hancock County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Hancock County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: all else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of water, the greater the chances of catching those fish! Most of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.
All of the ponds described below were stocked last fall but are closed to ice fishing. Hence, those trout have had an additional 6-7 months to fatten up a bit. Several ponds are further spiced up with an additional stocking in the spring. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.
The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 spring fishing season in Hancock County are listed below in alphabetical order:

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TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Franklin County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Franklin County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. 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!  All of these ponds cover less than 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures.
All the ponds described below were stocked last fall but are closed to ice fishing. Hence, all the trout have had at least 6-7 months to fatten up since their release. Click here for the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.
The TOP brook trout ponds for this spring in Franklin County are listed below in alphabetical order:

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TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Cumberland County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Cumberland County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. 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! All of these ponds cover less than 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures. Some of the ponds described below were stocked last fall but are closed to ice fishing. Others are stocked once early in the spring or several times in April and May. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.
The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 spring fishing season in Cumberland County are listed below in alphabetical order:

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The TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Aroostook County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Aroostook County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. 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! Most of these ponds cover less than 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures.
All the ponds described below are closed to ice fishing. Most were stocked last fall, whereas the rest 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.  Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.
The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 spring fishing season in Aroostook County are listed below in alphabetical order:

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TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Androscoggin County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Androscoggin County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. 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! Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures.
More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds. Click here for the latest stocking report. Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.
The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 spring fishing season in Androscoggin County are listed below in alphabetical order:

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Ice fishing for brook trout on Sand Pond in Baldwin, Maine (February 27, 2016)

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Glare ice and unlimited sunshine on Sand Pond

Glare ice and unlimited sunshine on Sand Pond

Sand Pond is a 61-acre body of water located in the town of Baldwin, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D4). The access point, which contains a sturdy boat launch, is located by the town-owned beach at the southern end of the pond next to Sand Pond Road off Route 11 (Bridgton Road). I’m selecting this pond because it is relatively small and therefore contains safe ice even though we’ve had a warm “El Ninjo” winter, but also because it was stocked last fall with larger trout (click here for details). Sand Pond is typical of the many popular put-and-take lakes scattered around the region. Heavier trout are stocked each fall in these waters to support a winter and spring fishery with the understanding that these fish do not survive the summer because the ponds are too shallow and the water column gets too warm. Sand Pond has a mean and maximum depth of 9 ft and 20 ft, respectively. Click here for more details on the fishing rules that pertain to this pond. Click here for a depth map and additional fisheries information.

 

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Ice fishing for brook trout on Deer Pond in Hollis, Maine (February 7, 2016)

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Christian is jigging. Notice the ice shacks by the boat launch.

Christian is jigging. Notice the ice shacks by the boat launch and the sloppy slush on the ice.

Deer Pond is a 32-acre body of water located in the town of Hollis, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A5). The town-owned access point, which is not shown on the map, can be found at the southern end of the pond right off busy Route 117 (Cape Road). Driving east on Route 117, look for a long brown wooden fence on the left. This access point, which is not posted, is situated on the left at the end of that fence. Parking is mostly on the shoulder of Route 117. I’m targeting Deer Pond for ice fishing this morning for two reasons: (a) I had great success catching trout while trolling this pond last November (click here for details), and (b) the pond was nicely stocked by the state last fall with larger trout (click here for details). My goal/hope is to catch some of those larger fish through the ice. In addition, Deer Pond is unusually deep (maximum depth of 60 ft) for its small size. The large volume of cold, highly oxygenated water allows the trout to survive from year to year, and grow big. As a result, this pond has restrictive ice fishing rules to protect the high quality of its trout fishery. Specifically, only two lines are allowed per person. Click here for more details on the fishing rules. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

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Kids ice fishing for brook trout on Round Pond in Lyman, Maine (January 30, 2016)

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Christian and Antony are both jigging for trout

Christian and Geovanni are both jigging for trout

Round Pond is a small 6-acre body of water located in Lyman, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). The pond is found at the intersection of Route 35 (Goodwins Mills Road) and Mast Road on property belonging to the York County Fish and Game Club. (YCF&GC; click here for details). Public access is through the gate by the small parking area off Mast Road. Note that Round Pond is a “KIDS ONLY” pond, but only during the hard-water season. It is fishable through the ice under Special Regulation code S-9 (i.e., open to fishing only to persons under 16 years old; restricted to two lines per person; daily bag limit for trout is two fish). The pond, which has a mean and maximum depth of 14 ft and 36 ft, respectively, sits in a distinct bowl surrounded by woods. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The only human structure visible from the ice is the YCF&GC club house sitting on top of the hill on the southern end. The state stocks this pond each fall with an abundance of brookies to create fast fishing action on the ice for kids.
 

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