Little Penneseewassee Pond is a 96-acre body of water located alongside Route 118 in Norway, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.
My son Joel and I arrive at Little Penneseewassee Pond at 8:15 am. The fishing conditions are perfect this morning: the air temperature is 18°F but without an atom of wind, the rising sun is hidden behind the trees which cast deep shadows along the entire shoreline, the ice is a solid 12” with 4” of snow on top, and a low pressure is forecast to move through the region later on in the day. Joel calls up a depth map of the pond on his cell phone; it shows a relatively narrow band of shallow water running along the Route 118 shoreline, wich is flanked by a very steep drop to a depth of 24 ft. The deepest spot of the lake is 29 ft.
We place most of our tipups right along the shoreline in 4 to 7 ft of water in the hope of enticing a cruising brookie or brown trout to grab our bait. We also place two traps in 26 ft of water with baitfish 2 ft off the bottom for smallmouth bass. We get three flags over the next hour or so. Two of those flags come from one of the shallow traps and results in stolen bait but no trout. The third flag comes from one of the deep traps; Joel hooks a fish and starts bringing it up but it unfortunately escapes before reaching the hole.
The action then stops completely for the next hour and a half… At around 11 am, we decide to move all our traps out of the shallows and place them over 24-25 ft of water at the foot of the steep drop-off with the baitfish 2 ft off the bottom. We’re hoping that smallmouth bass are schooled up along that edge looking for their next meal. However, all our moving efforts are for naught because we don’t get a single flag. We reluctantly declare ourselves defeated at noon and get organized to head back home.
Since I don’t have a fish picture to include in today’s blog, let me show you a simple but efficient flag “alarm system”. WalMart sells these cheap bells (about $2.50 per pack of two) that can be clipped on fishing rods to indicate that a fish is nibbling at the other end of the line. I attach one of those bells to the flag rod as shown in the picture. The bell will tinkle loudly when the flag shoots up after it has been released when a fish has grabbed the bait. Make sure that the bell hangs downward so that the clapper hangs freely. Otherwise, the clapper will likely freeze to the inside wall of the bell and you won’t hear the tinkle.
The results: Skunked !! : (
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