Largemouth bass fishing on Granger Pond in Denmark, Maine (September 6, 2014)

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The access point to Granger Pond is sandy and steek

The access point to Granger Pond is sandy and steep

Granger Pond is a 125-acre body of water located in Denmark, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B3). A rough town access point is located at the very southern tip of the pond, off Bushrow Road. Beware that the path connecting the road to the pond is quite steep and consists of a loose, sandy material full of small washout gullies. I do not dare drive my front wheel-drive car down to the pond because I’d get stuck in this loose material on my way back up. With the benefit of a 4X4, the launch could accommodate a small trailered boat in a pinch, but in my estimation should only be used to launch car-top craft, like canoes or kayaks. Cars can be parked on the shoulder of Bushrow Road.

 

 

 

 

 

Granger Pond has a distinctive "big lake" feel even though it covers only 125 acres

Granger Pond has a distinctive “big lake” feel even though it covers only 125 acres

 

 

Granger Pond has a peculiar and distinct “big lake” feel, even though it covers a relatively small 125 acres. The reason is that the pond is quite narrow, and therefore extends for close to 1.5 miles. I’m also impressed by the general setting. The shoreline is lightly developed, and most of the houses and summer cottages are discreetly hidden in the woods. The surrounding landscape is entirely forested, with Fessenden Hill providing a nice backdrop. I really like what I see. Another plus is that motorboats with engines over 6 horsepower are prohibited on the pond. That means that the peace and quietness cannot be interrupted by jet skiers or large boats pulling tubes or water skiers. This arrangement too is entirely to my liking.

 

A glutton? Moi? Naaa...

A glutton? Moi? Naaa…

Granger Pond has a maximum and mean depth of 28 ft and 12 ft, respectively.  The surface water is crystal clear and pure. It’s unusual to encounter pond surface water without color. The substrate consists mostly of sand and small gravel. The shallows along the shoreline are littered with boulders. The largemouth bass holding habitat is sparse, however, consisting mostly of isolated patches of emergent pickerel week/arrow heads right up against the shore. A fair amount of sunken wood also litters the substrate. Overall, the quality of the bass habitat is not impressive. Largemouth bass represents the principal fishery on this body of water. The fishing rules for this species fall under the General Law provisions.  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

 

 

 

A glutton. Me? Yes!!

A glutton. Me? Yes!!

I reach Granger Pond around 10 am with Christian, my 11 year-old nephew. It’s a beautiful, crisp late-summer day, except for the stiff northwest breezes that blow down the length of the pond. We paddle upwind along the eastern shore about 2/3 of the way in order to let the breeze push us back towards the access point without the need to constantly fight the wind. I choose the eastern shore because it still provides some shadow from the blazing sun overhead. We both troll while paddling towards the starting point; I use a 5” dark and silver floating Rapalla and Christian uses a soft stickbait. That action yields me a 12” largemouth bass. We float back downwind over the next hour or so, fishing whatever holding structure we can find along the shoreline and putting in the anchor when a spot looks particularly promising. I start with a buzz bait to cover more ground quickly. We catch an aggregate of four largemouth bass, none bigger than 12”. Meanwhile, I switch to a soft stickbait. We reach an old beaver lodge along the shoreline. These kinds of structures invariable hold bass which like to hide amongst the submerged branches (click here for an example). I observe a big swirl right up against the shore by the lodge and tell Christian to cast his lure to it. He’s off by about 6 ft and I follow him by dropping my stickbait right on the dot. The swirler immediately grabs the bait and swims off, at which point I set the hook. Wow, this isn’t a twelve incher!! The fish tries to bury itself in the sticks on the bottom but I turn him around. It then plunges head first into a patch of nearby emergent vegetation and gets tangled in there. Sh*t! That’s how the big ones always get away. I horse the bass out of there and succeed to bring it to the canoe. Nice. It measures in at 18”, is fat and well fed! We take pictures and release the fish (I haven’t kept a bass in over 30 years). That’s a wonderful way to end our exploration of this pretty pond. It’s time to pack up and head to the next destination on my list.

 

The results: We fished for about 1.5 hours; Christian caught 3 largemouth bass ranging between 9” and 13”, and I caught 4 largemouth bass ranging between 6” and 18”.  

 

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2 thoughts on “Largemouth bass fishing on Granger Pond in Denmark, Maine (September 6, 2014)

  1. Used to fish Granger Pond as a kid with my father, grandfather, and uncle. All of them gone now. Such great memories.

  2. Fished Granger Pond yesterday for the first time.Shame you didn’t get to paddle up to the North end it is really pretty up there with the shallows allowing for a bit more bass habitat.I caught maybe 25 bass in approx 5hrs of fishing,and was the only one fishing the whole time.I circled the whole pond catching maybe at least 5 bass between 3-4lbs.The wind really got up around 1pm forcing me to call it a day,but all in all an enjoyable days fishing.You were right about the access point though,and so glad I have a 4×4.-Tom.

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