Pickerel fishing on Little Boyd (or Unnamed) Pond, Limington, Maine (July 28, 2012)

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View of Little Boyd Pond from the shore

Little Boyd (or Unnamed) Pond is located on the south side of Mill Turn Road, about 0.4 miles east of Route 117 in Limington (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 E4). The shoreline of this 10-acre pond is completely surrounded by a dense mat of floating vegetation. The pond is shallow (maximum depth = 7 ft), and choked with aquatic vegetation. The water is stained a light brown and the substrate appears to consist entirely of a thick layer of organic muck. Only two houses are visible from the pond. The shoreline is mostly wooded.




Access to Little Boyd Pond is quite problematic. The pond can be reached from Mill Turn Road by permissive trespass down a steep, wooded hill. However, getting on the water itself once you reach the shoreline is a challenge because the floating vegetation restricts the amount of water available to launch a small boat. No parking is available. Cars can be left on the unimproved shoulder next to the road.


I fight my way unto the water with my canoe and start fishing at 5:00 pm for largemouth bass. The weather is perfect, with the sun hiding behind a dense cloud cover. It’s essentially wind still, but hot and humid and the bugs are out in force… I concentrate my efforts along the edges of the numerous lily pads that dot the pond. I quickly catch a small pickerel (15”) using a dark-colored spinnerbait and then catch another small (17”) pickerel 15 minutes later. But it’s a pain using this lure because of all the vegetation that constantly gets wrapped around it.


I paddle to the opposite side of the pond where I switch to a 5” purple-colored soft stickbait with a bright yellow tail which I rig “Texas-style”. I start casting along the shoreline when I suddenly see a V-shaped streak barreling towards my bait. I wait for the strike before setting the hook. The fish struggles briefly but unhooks and gets away. That was a nicer pickerel, which I estimate to be 20” or so. I continue fishing with my stickbait, and trigger a second attack by an even bigger pickerel which I estimate to be 22-23”, but I miss him too because he snapped the line with his sharp teeth. I’ve been fishing for one hour now and have yet to see a largemouth bass. I decide to bag it and get to the other pond I want to check out this evening.


The results: two small pickerel in one hour of fishing.


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