Largemouth bass fishing on Ice Pond in Bristol, Maine (July 27, 2013)

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General view of Ice Pond

General view of Ice Pond

Ice Pond (a.k.a. New Harbor Pond) is a 9-acre body of water located in Bristol, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 C4). Drive south on Route 130 into New Harbor and turn left on Route 32. The short but rough and rutted access road to the pond is located a couple of hundred feet on the left. No parking is possible on Route 32 and the access road can only accommodate one car (a second car would not be able to squeeze by). Only hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this access point.

 

 

 

 

General view of Ice Pond

General view of Ice Pond

 

 

Ice Pond is a shallow (maximum depth: 7 ft; mean depth: 3 ft), weed-choked body of water. Its entire shoreline is lined with emerging pickerelweed/arrowhead plants and floating lily pads. Over half a dozen other aquatic plant species also compete for space and light throughout the pond. One striking feature is the presence of dense mats of vegetation that fill the entire water column in many areas from top to bottom.  The surface water is distinctively tea colored. Only a handful of houses are visible from the pond, which gives it a nice “remote” feeling. General fishing law applies (click here for more details). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

Notice the heavy vegetation mats in front of the canoe

Notice the heavy vegetation mats in front of the canoe

In 1998, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wrote the following about Ice Pond: “The pond was completely de-watered during the winter of 1996. Largemouth bass and a forage species should be restocked”. I do not know if largemouth bass were ever reintroduced but I take my chances and give the pond a shot.

 

 

 

 

 

Typical view of the Ice Pond shoreline

Typical view of the Ice Pond shoreline

I arrive at the launch point on Route 32 by 10:30 am and am relieved to see that no one else is fishing. It’s a glorious summer day in mid-coast Maine: the early morning ocean fog has burned off and the sun is blazing high in the sky. I launch my canoe and start fishing with a big buzzbait and a 5” soft stickbait. My first impression is that Ice Pond offers great habitat if largemouth bass are present. But my fishing success seems to tell another story. I generate six strikes, but no hookups, in one and a half hour of paddling and fishing the entire pond. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see the fish and so can’t tell if any of them are in fact bass or something else (e.g., pickerel?). One hit had a definite “bassy” feel to it but I just can’t be sure. Overall, I feel that if largemouths are present, they are probably relatively few and far apart. I would be glad to be proven wrong by others who can report having caught largemouth bass on this otherwise pretty water body.

The results: Skunked!

 

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