Ice fishing for largemouth bass on Island Pond in Waterford, Maine (March 14, 2015)

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Island Pond is a 166 acre body of water located in Waterford, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 E5). The focus of my attention this morning is the long but narrow island found in the southern half of the pond. My aim is to put into practice some of the techniques discussed here in order to catch late-winter, pre-spawning largemouth bass. I’m particularly interested in the larger females which are heavy and bloated with eggs this time of the year. I surmise that the shoreline of the island, particularly the half facing west towards the deeper water, represents bass spawning habitat. If I’m correct, then the bass should be congregating along the drop-offs in front of those shallows like they typically do in late winter to prepare for the spring spawn. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Note that the State has no size or bag limit for bass on this pond. I release all my bass but know from experience that this water body supports a serious largemouth bass population.

 

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Ice fishing for northern pike on Sabattus Pond in Sabattus, Maine (February 28, 2015)

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General view of Sabattus Pond looking north from Martin Point

General view of Sabattus Pond looking north from Martin Point

Sabattus Pond is a 1962-acre shallow body of water located in the town of Sabattus, Androscoggin County (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 E1). It is an epicenter for northern pike in this part of the state. This ravenous predator was illegally introduced many years ago. It has overrun the pond and spread upstream to Little Sabattus Pond (click here) and downstream into the Androscoggin River via the Sabattus River. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

 

 

 

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