Largemouth bass fishing on Proctor Pond in Albany Township, Maine (September 7, 2013)

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Access point to Proctor Pond

Access point to Proctor Pond

Proctor Pond is a 45-acre body of water located in Albany Township, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D3). Public access is a challenge. It took me a good 45 minutes of driving all around the pond to find a way in. The reason is that much of the waterfront is privately owned, plus the pond is surrounded by a dense network of gravel roads, four wheeler roads, and snowmobile trails which seemingly go everywhere and nowhere. An easier way in may exist than the one explained below; if so, please feel free to share that information in the comment section at the end of this blog.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Webber Pond in Sweden, Maine (September 7, 2013)

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View from the access point to Webber Pond

View from the access point to Webber Pond

Webber Pond is a 32-acre body of water located in Sweden, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 E3). Drive north on Route 93 towards Sweden. Turn left on Webber Pond Road. The pond will appear on the left side after about 1.5 miles (past Beaver Dam Road). Look for mailbox #150. The way into the pond is across from that mailbox. Beware that the trail is blocked by big boulders.  Only small portable boats such as canoes or kayaks have access to the pond and need to be carried in for about 300 ft. I did not see any “No Trespassing” signs on the trail and so assume that this is a legitimate way in. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Pickerel Pond in Denmark, Maine (September 1, 2013)

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Rough access point to Pickerel Pond

Rough access point to Pickerel Pond

Pickerel Pond is a 40-acre body of water located in Denmark, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B4). Drive north on Route 107 towards Bridgeton and turn left on Swamp Road. Turn right at the stop sign after about 1 mile and continue for 0.8 miles on Hancock Pond Road. Veer right at the dirt road and go straight for several 100 ft. The pond will appear on the right and is accessible via a rough boat launch on its southwestern corner. The launch can only accommodate small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Spectacle Pond #1 in Porter, Maine (September 1, 2013)

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The rough footpath leading to the access point on Spectacle Pond #1

The rough footpath leading to the access point on Spectacle Pond #1

Spectacle Pond #1 is a 57-acre body of water located in Porter, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2. Note also that on the attached Google Map above, the target pond is the one just below the red pin). Drive north from South Hiram/Kezar Falls unto Spec Pond Road. Follow this road for about 1.0 mile. The pond can be accessed two different ways, as follows: (a) Drive up to mailbox #50 (located just before Little Lane) on Spec Pond Road and turn right on the open area, from which a rough forest road snakes it way towards the pond.  I say “snake” because the road is narrow and curvy and is hemmed in by small trees at several locations. I didn’t try to drive my small car down it, but I suspect that a larger pickup truck may have more trouble getting through. The road ends at a sandy area with a fire pit overlooking the pond. (b) Stay on Spec Pond Road and drive past Little Lane for just under 0.2 miles. A rough foot path shoots down towards the pond on the right. Park your vehicle on the shoulder of the road.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Spectacle Pond #2 in Porter, Maine (September 1, 2013)

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Access point to Spectacle Pond #2

Access point to Spectacle Pond #2

Spectacle Pond #2 is a 45-acre body of water located in Porter, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2). Drive north from South Hiram/Kezar Falls unto Spec Pond Road. Follow this road for about 1.2 miles and look for a white house with a big white barn (mail box # 154) at the point where the road turns to thread its way between the two Spectacle Ponds. Pond #2 is on the left. The rough access point is located less than 0.1 mile passed the white house. It can accommodate a few parked cars. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be put in the water. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Little Clemons Pond, Hiram, Maine (September 1, 2013)

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The rough access point to Little Clemons Pond viewed from Route 160

The rough access point to Little Clemons Pond viewed from Route 160

Little Clemons Pond is a 25-acre body of water located in Hiram, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Drive north on Route 160 from South Hiram. The pond will appear on your right-hand side, just after passing Notch Road. The pond is accessible via a rough launch by the road.  Cars can be parked on the shoulder. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be put in the water from this access point. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on James Pond in Somerville, Maine (August 25, 2013)

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Access point to James Pond

Access point to James Pond

James Pond is a 54-acre body of water located in Somerville, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C4). From the Augusta area, head east on Route 105 past Windsor and Somerville. Turn left on Turner Ridge Road and drive for about 1.2 miles until Colby Road appears to the left. Stay on Turner Road for another 0.3 miles and look for a rough but drivable forest road on the right. The access to the pond is about 300 ft down on the right by the fire pit.  I did not see any “No Trespassing” signs and so assume that this way in is legit.  Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from the access point. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Schoolhouse Pond, Livermore Falls, Maine (August 25, 2013)

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Footpath leading from the road to Schoolhouse Pond

Footpath leading from the road to Schoolhouse Pond

Schoolhouse Pond is a 21-acre body of water located in Livermore Falls, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 A1). Drive north on Campground Road (off Route 133) and keep Jug Hill Road to your left. The pond will appear through the trees on the right. Look for a foot path through the woods about 0.1 mile or so after passing Jug Hill Road. Park the car on the grassy shoulder next to the foot path. The pond is 100 ft further down. I do not see “No Trespassing” signs and so assume that this way in is legit.  Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from the access point.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Mud Pond in Turner, Maine (August 25, 2013)

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General view of Mud Pond

General view of Mud Pond

Mud Pond is a 26-acre body of water located in Turner, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 D4). It is tucked away in the woods and represents a beautiful spot that few people know about! Not a single human structure is visible from the water to mar the view. The shoreline is completely surrounded by marshy habitat with the forest and surrounding hills beyond that. The water has the color of weak tea. The substrate is soft and mucky. The aquatic vegetation is luxurious and abundant all around the perimeter of the pond.  General fishing law applies. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Collins Pond in Windham, Maine (August 18, 2013)

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View of the lily pad bed by the access point

View of the lily pad bed by the access point

Collins Pond is a 42-acre body of water located in Windham, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D2). It is an impoundment on Ditch Brook, which is the outlet of Little Sebago Lake, via Mill Pond located just upstream of Route 115. The pond can be reached by turning onto Running Brook Road from Route 115 and driving down the hill for 200-300 ft just past house #25 on your right. Park your car on the road shoulder and walk down a short foot path towards a small sandy beach by the pond. I’m not sure that this is a “public” access point but I did not see any No Trespassing signs either. Only small, hand-carried craft such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this point. I also noticed a wide forest/four wheeler trail with a fire pit next to the outlet at the other end of the pond. A walk up this trail leads to a huge gravel pit operation. I don’t know if the pond can be accessed from that end. Collins Pond Collins Pond has a maximum depth of 18 ft and a mean depth of 7 ft, which makes it quite shallow. The water is very clear, which is no surprise since its source is Little Sebago Lake. The substrate is clean, consisting mostly of rough sand and small gravel interspersed with boulders. Several dozen camps and year-round houses dot the shoreline. General fishing law applies on this pond (click here for more details). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

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