Parker Pond (a.k.a. Barkers Pond) is a 26-acre body of water located in Lyman, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). To find the access point, drive north on Mast Road off Route 35, then turn right on Barkers Pond Road after about 1.5 miles. Look for a small picnic/beach area on the right-hand side next to a large grey house. About a dozen picnic tables are stacked right next to the road. Park on the left-hand side, across from the tables, and walk about 100 ft down to the pond. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.
Parker Pond was heavily stocked in the fall of 2012 with 41 brook trout per acre . About two thirds of the stocked fish are 9” long, whereas the remaining third consists of 13” fish, with a handful of 17 inchers.
My son Joel and I arrive at the pond at 8 am. It’s crisp and cold with a blazing blue sky. We walk clear across the pond to fish along the eastern shoreline. This location is ideal because the wooded bluff on that side of the pond shields the sun and keeps the whole shoreline deep in shadow for the entire morning, which should keep the trout inshore. We drill eight holes in 4-9 ft of water plus two extra holes further away in 20 ft of water (the deepest point in the pond is 23 ft deep). The ice is 12” thick with 1” of hard snow on top. We bait all our hooks with small 2” shiners which we put about halfway into the water column for brookies, except for the two far-out traps where we place larger shiners 2 ft off the bottom to entice largemouth bass.
We get our first flag within 15 minutes, while we’re still setting up our traps along the shoreline, which is a good sign. I hook a 9” brookie but release it in the hope of catching something bigger. We finish setting up our traps and are surprised not to get another flag for about 45 minutes. That, unfortunately, is the pattern for today: five isolated flags here and there which yield a total of three 9” brookies in 4 hours. One of our traps in 9 ft of water results in 2 flags. So, we decide at 10:30 am to move four inactive shallower traps in new holes drilled in the vicinity of that “active” hole. But that effort is for nought. Joel and I are having a good time chatting, so we don’t bother jigging, which is probably to our detriment… Overall, the miserable level of flag activity this morning is rather disappointing considering that Parker Pond is well known for its fast, early-season action. The three other parties fishing this morning also don’t seem to have much activity. Why? I suspect that the full moon last night has something to do with it, but who really knows…
The results: I caught two 9” brookies and Joel caught one 9” brookie in 4 hours.
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