Kids-only brook trout ponds stocked for the 2017 spring season in Maine

This blog presents the kids-only ponds in Maine which are stocked with brook trout in the spring for youngsters to enjoy open-water trout fishing. Be aware that these special set-aside ponds are governed by strict and convoluted rules pertaining to the use of live baitfish, number of lines allowed, opening and closing dates, daily bag limits, use of motorboats, etc.! It is strongly encouraged to read the regulations when planning a fishing trip to one of these locations.

 

It is also recommended to consult the stocking reports (updated daily starting in early spring) to find out the exact timing of when your target kids-only pond has been stocked with brook trout, which varies from year to year depending on weather conditions. This simple check will further increase the odds of putting a youngster on trout! Also, keep in mind that many of these ponds are small and shallow and become too warm by late spring to sustain trout. Hence, the best period to bring the kids out is from late April to mid-June.

 

The purpose of these special ponds is to provide a reasonably quick and assured way for kids to catch a trout in open water. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to what may blossom into a life-long passion for fishing and the outdoors. I can’t think of a better means to redirect fledgling minds away from the corroding effects of electronic devices, TV screens and social media!

The following Maine kids fishing-only ponds are not listed in this blog for various reasons (the map number refers to the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer):

  • Giles Pond (Patten, Penobscot County; exact location unknown): I was unable to determine this pond’s surface area which is needed to calculate the trout stocking density.
  • Hannington Pond (Reed Plantation, Aroostook County; exact location unknown): I was unable to determine this pond’s surface area which is needed to calculate the trout stocking density.
  • Kirby Lake (a.k.a. the Muck) covers 1.1 acres and is located behind the Hannaford Supermarket at the fork of Miller Street and Lincolville Avenue in Belfast, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 A4, although the pond itself is not shown). This kids-only pond has no recent history of trout stocking.
  • Little Round Pond (Lincoln, Penobscot County; map 34 A1): This pond is kids-only fishing from December 1 to April 30.
  • Lower Hinkley Pond (South Portland, Cumberland County; map 73 G4): this pond is only stocked in the fall to support ice fishing, meaning that most of the trout are caught during the winter.
  • Rocky Pond (Rockport, Knox County; map 14 D3): this pond is only stocked in the fall to support ice fishing, meaning that most of the trout are caught during the winter.
  • Round Pond (Lyman, York County; see map 2 B5): this pond is kids-only fishing in the winter, but open to everyone during spring, summer, and fall.
  • Wiley Pond (Boothbay, Lincoln County; map 7 C2): this pond is kids-only fishing in the winter, but open to everyone during spring, summer, and fall.

This process of elimination identified the following kids-only ponds in Maine which are stocked with trout in the spring. These ponds are listed below by county.

 

There’s nothing like catching a brookie to put a smile on a kid’s face!

 

ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY

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Pettingill Park Pond covers 0.6 acres and is located in Pettingill Park next to Pettingill Park Road in Auburn (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 74 C2). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked in the spring with 230 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in an amazing 383 trout per acre.

 

AROOSTOOK COUNTY:

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Mantle Lake covers 4 acres and is located off Pine Street in Presque Isle (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 65 D1). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked in the spring with 500 brook trout measuring about 11”, which results in 125 trout per acre.

 

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Rock Crusher Pond covers 12 acres and is located next to Rock Crusher Road in Island Falls (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 52 B3). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked in the spring with 300 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in 25 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY:

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Aldens Pond covers 1 acre and is located behind the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine in Gorham (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 E2). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 242 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in an amazing combined 242 trout per acre!

 

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Coffin Pond covers 5 acres and is located off River Road in Brunswick (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 C3). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 460 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in a combined 92 trout per acre.

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY:

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Pinnacle Pond covers 4 acres and is located off West Kingfield Road in Kingfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 29 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked in the fall with 300 brook trout measuring about 7”, which results in 75 trout per acre.

 

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Toothaker Pond covers 30 acres and is located next to Toothaker Pond Road in Phillips (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 19 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 350 brook trout measuring between 8” and 10”, which results in a combined 12 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

HANCOCK COUNTY

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Pickerel Pond covers 11 acres and is located next to the Stud Mill Road in Township T32 MD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 E1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Pickerel Pond, which is under the stewardship of the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association, is stocked in the spring with 500 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in 45 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

LINCOLN COUNTY:

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Thompson’s Ice Pond covers 1 acre and is located next to Route 129 in South Bristol (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 C3, but the pond is not shown due to its small size. Click on the Google Maps link above to get an exact location). A depth map is not available. Thompson’s Ice Pond is a small reservoir associated with Thompson’s Ice House, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This pond is stocked in the spring with 200 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in an amazing 200 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

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Waldoboro Quarry Pond covers 0.9 acres and is located next to Quarry Road in Waldoboro (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 E5, although the pond is not shown. Use the Google Maps link above to find its location). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked in the spring with 200 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in an amazing 222 trout per acre.

 

PENOBSCOT COUNTY:

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The Edwards Family Kids Fishing Pond covers 0.5 acre and is located next to Airport Road by the Lincoln Regional Airport in Lincoln (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 43 E5, although the pond itself is not shown; use Google Map above instead). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 400 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in a fabulous combined 800 trout per acre!! The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

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Jerry Pond covers 66 acres and is located at the end of New Jersey Street in Millinocket (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 43 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond is stocked in the spring with 550 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in 8 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

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Penobscot Conservation Club Pond covers 1 acre and is located between the Penobscot River and North Main Street (Routes 9/178) in Brewer (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 23 B3). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is under the stewardship of the Penobscot County Conservation Association, is stocked in the spring with 150 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in a cool 150 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY

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Drummond Pond covers 2 acres and is located next to Main Road (Routes 6/15/16) in Abbott (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 B4). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 750 brook trout measuring between 10” and 11”, which results in an amazing combined 375 trout per acre! The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

SAGADAHOC COUNTY

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Big Pond covers 3 acres and is located in the Stephen E. Powell Wildlife Management Area on Swan Island in the Kennebec River in Richmond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 A5). Swan Island can only be accessed via a 5-minute boat ride by prior arrangements with the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (207-547-5322). Keep in mind that the two-way fee for the ferry ride is $8/person. A depth map for Big Pond is not available. This pond is stocked in the spring with 200 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in 67 trout per acre.

 

SOMERSET COUNTY:

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Hight Pond covers 0.25 acres and is located between Prospect Street and Maple Street off Madison Avenue in Skowhegan (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 21 B1, although the pond itself is not shown; use the Google Maps link above instead). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 400 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in an astonishing combined 1,600 trout per acre!!

 

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Tibbetts Pond covers 6 acres and is located next to Route 16 in Concord Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 D4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 200 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in a combined 33 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

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Foxhole Pond covers 4 acres and is located off Beddington Road (Route 193) across from the Deblois Air Strip in Deblois (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C2). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked in the spring with 150 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in 38 trout per acre. The pond was also stocked for ice fishing last fall. It is anticipated that some of these fish survived the hard-water season and are still available to be caught this spring.

 

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North Myers Pond covers 6 acres and is located off Ell Meadow Road in Columbia (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall with 300 brook trout measuring about 8” and in the spring with 150 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in a total of 75 trout per acre.

 

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South Myers Pond covers 3 acres and is located off Ell Meadow Road in Columbia (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond is stocked in the spring with 100 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in a total of 33 trout per acre.

 

YORK COUNTY:

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Wilcox Pond covers 3 acres and is located next to West Street in Biddeford (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 3 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 460 brook trout measuring about 10”, which results in 153 trout per acre.

 

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to share your thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to discuss your fishing experiences at any of these locations.

 

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