Largemouth bass fishing on Bradley Pond in Lovell, Maine (September 7, 2013)

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View of Bradley Pond from the public access point

View of Bradley Pond from the public access point

Bradley Pond is a 34-acre body of water located in Lovell, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D2). The pond is accessible via an unimproved, town-owned public launch. Drive south on Route 5 towards Center Lovell. Turn left on Bradley Pond Road  just before reaching North Lovell. Drive for 0.8 miles on this well-maintained gravel road and keep right at the split. Go for another 0.2 miles. The public launch is on the left, across from a big house. Note that motorboats are prohibited on this pond and that only small hand-carried craft can be launched from the access point.

 

 

 

Bradley Pond feels "intimate" and remote

Bradley Pond feels “intimate” and remote

 

 

Bradley Pond is stunningly beautiful! Its relatively small size coupled with the surrounding deeply-wooded hills gives it a remote “intimate” wilderness feel. The three lone houses along the shoreline are back far enough from the water’s edge that they are unobtrusive. The pond has a maximum depth of 30 ft and an average depth of 10 ft. The water is slightly stained, but otherwise clean and clear. The substrate is mostly sandy. The amount of aquatic vegetation along the shoreline is quite thin. Sunken wood is also sparse but provides some holding structure for largemouth bass along the edges.

 

Some fallen trees on Bradley Pond provide bass holding habitat

Some fallen trees on Bradley Pond provide bass holding habitat

The State stocks Bradley Pond with brook trout and brown trout each fall. In fact, based on its annual stocking density, Bradley Pond is considered a premier brown trout fishery in the state of Maine! General fishing law applies. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

 

 

 

 

Aquatic vegetation is generally sparse along the shoreline of Bradley Pond, except in the outlet area

Aquatic vegetation is generally sparse along the shoreline of Bradley Pond, except in the outlet area

My 10-year old nephew Christian and I reach the public access point on Bradley Pond in the early afternoon. I’m immediately impressed by the general setting and the sense of solitude, which is always to my liking. It is wind still but the sky has clouded up and it feels like we may have some rain coming our way. We launch the canoe and start fishing the eastern shoreline using soft stickbaits and a buzzbait. The fishing is slow, partially because the amount of cover is scarce. I catch a tiny largemouth bass on my stickbait and a 14” largemouth on my buzzbait over the next 45 minutes. Christian catches a 13” largemouth which always creates a lot of excitement in the boat.

 

 

 

This fish got photographed!

This fish got photographed!

We have now reached the outlet area of Bradley Pond, which is shallow (< 4 ft deep) and surprisingly weedy, considering the paucity of aquatic plants elsewhere in the pond. Christian tosses his stickbait towards some water lilies and hooks into a very nice bass. He wrestles the fish into the canoe after a lot of agitation. I’m telling him to grab it by the lower jaw, like he’s done many times in the past, so that I can take a real bragging picture. He flimsily holds the fish and drops it on the floor of the canoe where it flops up and down a couple of times. We go through this routine five times until the poor creature is suffocating and half dead, at which point Christian grabs it correctly and immediately tosses it back in the water but forgets to let me take the picture… Anyway, this was his biggest bass ever (I estimate about 18” and 3-3.5 lbs.). He’s mighty proud to have beaten his uncle Stan today. And I’m eating it up, because it cements his obvious love of and dedication to fishing!

 

 

 

The results: Christian and I each caught two largemouth bass in one hour of fishing.

 

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