Largemouth bass fishing on Dexter Pond, Wayne and Winthrop, Maine (September 7, 2015)

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The entrance to Dexter Pond passes underneath this low bridge

The entrance to Dexter Pond passes underneath this low bridge

Dexter Pond is a 120-acre body of water located in the towns of Wayne and Winthrop, Maine (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C2). The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer does not show a public boat launch on this pond. Instead, I reach it via Berry Pond. Click here for details on how to access Berry Pond. I note that Google Maps seems to show an access point for hand-carried craft at the extreme southern tip of Dexter Pond off Mount Pisgah Road, but I cannot confirm this fact. Berry and Dexter ponds are separated by a narrow bridge. Beware that the bridge sits quite low over the water. I have less than 2 ft of clearance when I pass underneath it with my canoe. In fact, I have to lay flat on my back on the bottom of the canoe and use my arms to grab the underside of the bridge and push myself forward. I suspect that this passageway might be problematic when the water level is higher in the spring or fall. It is clear that no motor boats could pass between the two ponds regardless of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

View of Dexter Pond in the early morning: placid and quiet!

View of Dexter Pond in the early morning: placid and quiet!

 

 

Dexter Pond is a moderately-developed body of water supporting well over three dozen houses. The surrounding landscape is completely forested. The water is only very lightly stained. I observe many power boats attached to docks, but none are buzzing around because it’s still relatively early in the morning when I arrive. I’m sharing the pond with three other fishing parties who are moving about quietly in a kayak, a canoe, and a small paddle boat. Just the way I like it… The substrate consists mostly of soft mud which is completely carpeted by submerged aquatic plants. The amount of aquatic vegetation on or above the water surface is surprisingly sparse given the shallowness of the lake along its edges and the abundance of aquatic plants. Also, this being the end of the summer, the shallows are infested with big unsightly blobs of green algae. The pond has a maximum and average depth of 25 ft and 13 ft, respectively. The water 15+ ft deep develops a severe oxygen deficiency in the summer. Click here for a depth map and additional fisheries information. The bass fishing rules fall under the general regulations which are available here.

 

Largemouth bass prawl the shallows of Dexter Pond in the morning before the bright sun and boat traffic scare 'em into deeper water.

Largemouth bass prawl the shallows of Dexter Pond in the morning before the bright sun and boat traffic scare ’em into deeper water.

I arrive at Dexter Pond a little after 8:30 am. The sky is a deep azure blue and it is wind still. The air temperature is in the mid 70’s and forecast to climb into the low 90’s. I paddle along the eastern shoreline in order to fish in the shadow line of the rising sun. I like fishing in the shadow line because it keeps the largemouth bass in the shallows longer where they are easier to catch. I alternately fish with a loud buzzbait and a 5” pink or purple soft stickbait. My third cast of the morning yields a small 12” largemouth bass, which is always promising. I notice that the water along much of the eastern shoreline (with a notable exception in the last third of the pond further south) is < 2 ft deep, which is not optimum, even when it is in the shadow! Nonetheless, I catch three more largemouth bass over the next hour. However, all are relatively small (< 14”). I do note the presence of some submerged wood along the shoreline. Not surprisingly, I catch two of the four bass in that optimum habitat using the soft stickbait. I have no doubt that bigger largemouths lurk in this pond, but I have to turn around at 9:30 am and call it a day. Fortunately, a breeze has come up in response to the rising sun and is blowing in from the south west. It pushes me along nicely as I paddle the 2 miles back to the access point on Berry Pond. It certainly beats fighting the wind head on : – )

 

 

 

Much of the water along the eastern shoreline (on the left of this picture) is no more than 2 ft deep!

Much of the water along the eastern shoreline (on the left half of this picture) is no more than 2 ft deep!

 

The results: I caught four largemouth bass (largest = 14”) in one hour of fishing.

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2 thoughts on “Largemouth bass fishing on Dexter Pond, Wayne and Winthrop, Maine (September 7, 2015)

  1. I wish I had a way to show you pictures of the hogs justin and I have caught over the last few weeks up in the bamgor region using swim baits and soft stick baits. Black with blue flake and half watermelon/pearl

    • I caught 32 large mouth in about 6-7 hours fishing at garland pond and have caught 5-7 lb fish in Davis pond in eddington pond just outside of brewer

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