Trout fishing on Stanley Pond, Hiram, Maine (April 21, 2013)


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Stanley Pond is a three-lobed, 137-acre body of water located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). It is accessible via the boat launch located in the lower lobe next to the outlet on Tripptown Road off Route 160. This pond has a reputation for producing large rainbow trout. Visit the website linked to this blog for more information on this and the 600+ other ponds that are stocked with trout and/or landlocked salmon throughout Maine.

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Trout fishing on Otter Pond #2, Standish, Maine (April 14, 2013)

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Otter Pond #2 is a 12-acre body of water located in Standish, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). My son Joel and I arrive at the largest of the two parking lots off Route 35 by 7:15 am. We place his motorized canoe on canoe wheels, load up the engine and our fishing gear in the boat, and haul everything for about a mile down the Mountain Division Trail. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. We were quite successful catching trout on this pond in November of last year (click here and here for more details) and are looking for a repeat this time.  The state stocked this water body on Tuesday April 9, 2012 with lots of 10” brookies, but spiced up the action with much larger 16” brookies, which are the focus of our attention today.

 

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Landlocked salmon fishing on Sebago Lake, Maine (April 7, 2013)

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Sebago Lake (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C1) is the largest lake in southern Maine and the second largest one in the state. This body of water is well known throughout the region for its superb landlocked salmon and lake trout fishery. The fishing strategy today is to troll along the northern shore of the lake, between Thompson’s Point and Cub Cove, in the general area of Sebago Lake State Park where the Crooked River enters the lake. The north shore is a popular early-season spot to catch landlocks and lakers: these fish are eagerly chasing after schools of rainbow smelt which are getting organized in that general area to migrate up the Crooked River for their annual spring spawning runs.  Continue reading

The hottest trout fishing ponds for the Spring of 2013 in southern New Jersey

This blog identifies the ponds in southern New Jersey that provide the best odds of catching trout during the spring of 2013.  For the purpose of this blog, southern New Jersey covers Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Glouchester, Ocean, and Salem counties. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring.  Trout activity typically peaks for three or four weeks between mid-April and mid-May, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

The best trout ponds in southern New Jersey for the spring of 2013 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered HOT due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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The hottest trout fishing ponds for the Spring of 2013 in Central New Jersey

This blog identifies the ponds in central New Jersey that provide the best odds of catching trout during the spring of 2013.  For the purpose of this blog, central New Jersey covers Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset counties. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring.  Trout activity typically peaks for three or four weeks between mid-April and mid-May, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

 

The best trout ponds in central New Jersey for the spring of 2013 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered HOT due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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The hottest trout fishing ponds for the Spring of 2013 in Northeastern New Jersey

This blog identifies the ponds in northeastern New Jersey that provide the best odds of catching trout during the spring of 2013.  For the purpose of this blog, northeastern New Jersey covers Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring.  Trout activity typically peaks for three or four weeks between mid-April and mid-May, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

 

The best trout ponds in northeastern New Jersey for the spring of 2013 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered HOT due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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The hottest trout fishing ponds for spring 2013 in northwestern New Jersey

This blog identifies the ponds in northwestern New Jersey that provide the best odds of catching trout during the spring of 2013.  For the purpose of this blog, northwestern New Jersey covers Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring.  Trout activity typically peaks for three or four weeks between mid-April and mid-May, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

 

The best trout ponds in northwestern New Jersey for the spring of 2013 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered HOT due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

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Trout fishing on Stanley Pond, Hiram, Maine (March 10, 2013)

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Stanley Pond is a three-lobed, 137-acre body of water located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). It is accessible via the boat launch located next to the outlet on Tripptown Road off Route 160. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond has a reputation for growing big rainbow trout. It was also stocked last fall with larger trout (click here for details). My son Joel and I will icefish it for the first time today in an attempt to catch one of the big ones. We reach the boat launch by the outlet dam located on the lower lobe of Stanley Pond at 7:25 am. We’re anxious about the ice conditions because it rained heavily five days earlier, followed by relatively balmy daytime temperatures in the mid 40’s. Fortunately, the hard freeze over the last several nights has solidified the slush into 6” of soft ice on top of 9” of black ice. We’re good to go because the ice along the shoreline is also solid. The day promises to be beautiful: full sunshine, no wind, and temps in the low 40’s.

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Trout fishing on Norton Pond, Lincolnville, Maine (February 24, 2013)

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Norton Pond is an 112-acre body of water located in Lincolnville, Waldo County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). This pond is accessed via the public boat launch on Norton Pond Road off Maine Street (Route 52). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. I’m fishing this pond today, even though it is located close to 100 miles from where I live in southern Maine, because the state stocked it exceptionally well in the fall of 2012 with five-pound brood stock rainbow trout. Click here for more details on this topic.  I’d love to emulate my luck from two weeks earlier on Knickerbocker Pond when I caught a nice rainbow trout.

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The Hottest Brook Trout Ponds for the Spring of 2013 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 2013.  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.

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