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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Largemouth bass fishing on Little Moose Pond in Denmark, Maine (July 28, 2013)

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General view of Little Moose Pond

General view of Little Moose Pond

Little Moose Pond (a.k.a. Little Pond) is a 33-acre body of water located in Denmark, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B3). It can be reached by driving into the town of Denmark located at the southern tip of Moose Pond. Get on West Maine Street (Route 160) going west and cross Moose Pond Brook, which is the outlet of Moose Pond. After a few 100 ft, turn left on Mill Road which quickly turns into a rough but drivable wood road. The pond will appear on your left after 0.8 miles. Access to the water is also rough due to a lack of a public boat launch. It looks like a kind land owner cleared a 50-ft wide by 100-ft long area of trees and shrubs between the road and the pond. Only hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this point.

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Perley Pond in Denmark, Maine (July 28, 2013)

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General view of Perley Pond

General view of Perley Pond

Perley Pond is a 79-acre body of water located in Denmark, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B4). Access is available via Hancock Pond Road which runs along the southern shoreline. Beware that the access point is steep and rough and can only accommodate hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak. Cars can be parked on the shoulder of Hancock Pond Road.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Ice Pond in Bristol, Maine (July 27, 2013)

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General view of Ice Pond

General view of Ice Pond

Ice Pond (a.k.a. New Harbor Pond) is a 9-acre body of water located in Bristol, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 C4). Drive south on Route 130 into New Harbor and turn left on Route 32. The short but rough and rutted access road to the pond is located a couple of hundred feet on the left. No parking is possible on Route 32 and the access road can only accommodate one car (a second car would not be able to squeeze by). Only hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this access point.

 

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Worthley Pond, Poland, Maine (July 27, 2013)

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View of the boat launch on Worthley Pond

View of the boat launch on Worthley Pond

Worthley Pond is a pretty 42-acre body of water located in Poland, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). Drive north on Route 26 and turn right on Route 122. Go down this road for 1.4 miles before turning right on Worthley Pond Lane, located about 0.1 mile past the entrance to Range Pond State Park. This dirt access road through the woods is rough but passable with a regular car. The boat launch is rather shallow and sandy but could probably accommodate a small trailered motorized craft.

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Crystal Pond in Turner, Maine (July 6, 2013)

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Access point to Crystal Pond

Access point to Crystal Pond

Crystal Pond (also known as Beal Pond) is a 47-acre body of water located in Turner, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C4). Drive north on Route 4 for about 2.5 miles past Turner. The pond, and its launch, will appear on the right, about 150 ft past Crystal Lane. Beware that the launch does not have a boat ramp. Hence, only small, hand-carried craft can be used. The fishing rules also stipulate that motorboats over 10 horsepower are prohibited. Otherwise, general fishing law applies.

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Island Pond, Leeds, Maine (July 6, 2013)

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The entrance point to Island Pond on Route 106

The entrance point to Island Pond on Route 106

Island Pond is an 18-acre body of water located in Leeds, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D1). To access this pond, drive north on Route 106 and cross the Plains Road/Blue Rock Road intersection. Continue for about 0.3 miles until you see a dirt road on the left barricaded with large cement blocks. A car can be parked on the shoulder of Route 106 next to the entrance. The pond is a 3 minute walk from this point. Go down the dirt road for about 300 ft. Continue straight (past a second set of cement blocks) on the trail when the dirt road turns to the right. Ignore the body of water on your right. Your target pond is 2 minutes down this path. The difficult access precludes all boats except for hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak.

 

 

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Pike fishing on Little Sabattus Pond, Greene, Maine (July 6, 2013)

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Entrance to Little Sabattus Pond

Entrance to Little Sabattus Pond

Little Sabattus Pond (also known as Hooper Pond) is a 25-acre body of water located in Greene, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D1). The pond is part of the Hooper Pond Conservation Area, which is considered of state-wide importance due to the high quality of the surrounding natural habitat. This habitat, which consists of extensive wetlands and forested uplands, supports various species of wading birds, waterfowl, song birds, and amphibians.

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Beaver Pond, Westbrook, Maine (July 5, 2013)

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Access point to Beaver Pond

Access point to Beaver Pond

Beaver Pond is a 4-acre water body located in the heart of Westbrook (see the “Westbrook” map in The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 74 C1). The public access to this pond is located at the end of Church Street. Beware that it is weedy and unimproved. Only hand-carried craft, such as canoes or kayaks, can be launched from this point. Parking is on the street.

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Mill Pond, Windham, Maine (June 30, 2013)

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The dam separating Little Sebago Lake from Mill Pond

The dam separating Little Sebago Lake from Mill Pond

Mill Pond is a 10-acre impoundment formed by the outlet of Little Sebago Lake in Windham, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C2). The downstream end of this small pond is dammed. The ouflow pouring over this dam forms Ditch Brook which flows underneath Route 115. The water in the pond is crystal clear. The substrate consists mostly of boulders and cobbles. The maximum depth is about 35 ft. Around a dozen houses dot the shoreline. Access to Mill Pond is problematic because it does not have a boat launch or public access. I get on to it via a friend’s backyard which abuts the pond. Also, keep in mind that some of the rainbow trout which are stocked annually in Little Sebago Lake wash over the outlet structure and get stuck in the pond. Those fish have grown fat and are worth targeting through the ice or in the spring and fall.

 

 

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