Ell Pond (a.k.a. Little Pond) covers 32 acres and is located on the townline between Wells and Sanford (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 D4). Drive on Horace Mill Road and turn off on Ell Pond Road. Hang a right and the unimproved boat launch will appear at the end of the road. This small water body is surprisingly deep (maximum depth of 51 ft) and crystal clear. The substrate consists of rough sand, gravel, and cobble. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information
Wilcox Pond is a 3-acre pond located next to Saint Joseph’s Cemetery on West Street in Biddeford, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 3 C2). This body of water is set aside as a “kids only” fishing pond. It is fishable under Special Regulation Code S-9, i.e., open to fishing only to kids under the age of 16, restricted to two lines per person, and a daily bag limit of two trout. Click here and here for more details on this topic. Every year, the state stocks it two or three times between early April and mid May with a total of between 300 and 400 10” brook trout. Do the math: this small body of water is loaded with brookies, which makes for an exciting fishing spot for young budding anglers! There is also the potential for catching larger hold-over trout because even though the pond is shallow (maximum depth = 6 ft), the bottom remains cool throughout the summer due to input from two cold-water inlets. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.
Pineland Pond is a small, 1-acre pond located next to Route 231 on land belonging to Pineland Farm, in New Gloucester, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C4, although the pond itself is not shown; navigate to the spot using Google Maps instead ). This body of water is an extremely popular brook trout pond for spring fishing because it is well-stocked and provides easy access. The entire periphery of the pond is also clear of brush and trees, which makes it one of the few ponds in the area that can be readily fly fished from shore. A small parking lot by the pond next to Route 231 can accommodate about ten cars or so. General fishing rules apply. Every year, Pineland Pond is stocked once in April and once in May with a total of about 350 10” brook trout. Do the math: this small body of water is stocked with an average of around 350 brookies per acre each spring!! This makes it, by far, the best-stocked pond in the whole of Cumberland County! I doubt, however, that any of the trout survive the hot summer months because the pond appears to be relatively shallow.
Hollis School Memorial Pond is a tiny (0.25 acre) pond located right across from the Hollis Elementary School on Town Farm Road off Route 35 in Hollis (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A5, but the pond is not shown; navigate to the spot using Google Maps instead). About 75% of the pond is ringed with cattails, leaving the remainder of the shoreline open for easy access. Note that several bright red plastified paper signs affixed to surrounding trees state that the pond is fishable only by kids 15 years and younger. A check of the Maine fishing rules (available here) does not show that the pond is regulated as a kids fishing pond, so I suspect that this restriction reflects a town ordnance. Every year, Hollis School Memorial Pond is stocked once in April and once in May with about 100 10” brook trout each time. Do the math: this miniscule body of water is stocked with an average of around 800 brookies per acre each spring!! This makes it one of the best-stocked ponds in the entire State of Maine. I doubt, however, that any of these trout survive the hot summer months because the pond appears to be relatively shallow.
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North Gorham Pond is a secret fishing spot …. The pond is created by the dam located on Gorham Road in North Gorham (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The “inlet” to this pond is the Presumpscot River, which serves as the outlet to Sebago Lake (actually, the Sebago Lake Basin, to be more precise). The one-mile stretch of the Presumpscot River flowing between the Sebago Lake Basin and the pond is the body of water most heavily stocked with landlocked salmon and trout in the whole state of Maine, bar none! So why bother with North Gorham Pond, which doesn’t even get stocked at all? Two reasons: the river above the falls is fly-fishing only and on a bad day, dozens of people will be fishing it shoulder-to-shoulder. I love fly fishing but hate crowd fishing. But here’s the secret: lots of salmon and trout drop down into the pond and hang around the current by the falls. And the restrictive terminal tackle rule for the Presumscot River upstream of the falls does not apply on the pond!
Alden’s Pond is a 1-acre, kids-only trout pond located behind the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine (USM). It is fishable under the “S-9” special regulation code, which stipulates that (a) the pond is open only for anglers under the age of 16, (b) restricted to two lines per person, and (c) daily bag limit of to trout. Click here for more details on the fishing regulations pertaining to this pond. To reach Alden’s pond, look for the USM police department office on Husky Drive (across from the John Mitchell Center), walk behind the office and down the steep dirt path, and pass the small retaining pond across from the soccer field. Your target will be visible on the left through the trees. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.
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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.
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.
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
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.