Largemouth bass fishing on Jimmie Pond, Manchester and Farmingdale, Maine (September 19, 2015)

The public access point to Jimmie Pond can only accommodate hand-carried craft

The public access point to Jimmie Pond can only accommodate hand-carried craft

Jimmie Pond (a.k.a. Jamie’s Pond) is a 107-acre body of water located in the towns of Manchester and Farmingdale, Maine (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C4). This pond is at the core of the 915-acre Jamie’s Pond Wildlife Management Area, which is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (click here for details).  The pond and its surrounding land was formerly the property of the Hallowell Water District which supplied drinking water for the nearby town of Hallowell. As a result of this historic use, the pond’s shoreline has remained largely undeveloped, thereby providing an unusually unspoiled setting within a stone’s throw of downtown Augusta. The land surrounding the pond supports various outdoors activities throughout the four seasons (click here for details). The public access to this pond is located by the former pump house at the end of Jamies Pond Road (off Outlet Road). The access point consists of a hard launch but only hand-carried craft can be released because the launch is blocked by two massive boulders. A review of the fishing rules, and searching on the internet, does not suggest that gasoline-powered engines are forbidden on the pond.

 

A beautiful few of Jimmie Pond from the access point after the fog has lifted.

A beautiful view of Jimmie Pond from the access point after the fog has lifted.

Jimmie Pond is quite a beauty and one heck of a find!! The surrounding landscape is completely forested. Only a single house is visible from the water. I also don’t see any docks or power boats along the shoreline. That, and the lack of an easy entry for power boats at the public access point, essentially guarantees complete quietness in a peaceful and serene setting while fishing. Just the way I like it! The surface water is clean and transparent. The substrate along the eastern shoreline (i.e., the one I explored for this blog) is compact, consisting of sand and cobbles, with little or no muck on top. The pond is quite deep, with a maximum and average depth of 75 ft and 34 ft, respectively. Click here for a depth map. As a result, the shoreline contains little or no shallow water, except right up against the bank. Due to this steep underwater topography, the available aquatic vegetation is quite sparse which suggests little or no largemouth bass holding habitat. But here’s the secret: the forested landscape surrounding the pond remained undeveloped, and hence undisturbed, for many decades. As a result, an unusual amount of sunken wood (mainly large branches, but also numerous tree trunks) is present all along the shoreline, providing ample – but hidden from view – holding habitat for use by the bass! Note also that the State richly stocks this pond with brook trout every fall.

 

 

A typical view of the shoreline. Note the lack of aquatic vegetation. But the real habitat is hidden, consisting of sunken branches and tree trunks.

A typical view of the shoreline. Note the lack of aquatic vegetation. But the real habitat is hidden below the surface, consisting of sunken branches and tree trunks.

One notable exception to the lack of shallow habitat, which I did not have time to explore this morning, is found at the southwestern tip of the pond, at the opposite end of the public access point. The depth map for Jimmie Pond, and an aerial view obtained via Google Maps, show a narrow thoroughfare leading to a shallow and weed-choked basin. I’m suspecting that it would be well-worth the effort to spend time exploring that piece of habitat. I would be curious to hear back about your impressions if you fish over there in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This big guy fell for my buzzbait.

This big guy fell for my buzzbait.

My twelve-year old nephew Christian and I arrive at the Jimmie Pond access point at 7 am. We got up early this morning in order to get on the pond before the bright sunlight chases the bass away from the shoreline and deeper down into the water column. We shouldn’t have worried because it is quite foggy and misty, resulting in the low-light conditions I like to fish in. Regardless, we paddle towards the eastern (“shadow”) side of the pond as soon as we’ve launched my canoe. The air temperature is in the mid-60’s; we’re pushed along by a gentle north-eastern breeze, which also slowly disperses the fog.  Our first stop is a large pine tree that has blown over and sits on the water. Christian is determined to fish with his buzzbait this morning, even though I tell him that this kind of habitat is best probed using a soft stickbait. To his credit, he does not get tangled in the branches but he also does not generate a single strike. I do get two hits, but miss both of them! We move along and quickly observe the lack of aquatic vegetation but the presence of much submerged wood. I alternate between a noisy buzzbait, which is my favorite search lure, and a 5” purple soft stickbait rigged Texas-style. We concentrate all our fishing efforts right up against the shoreline, and hook and land seven largemouth bass over the next hour. We also miss around a dozen strikes. All the landed fish, except one, are in the 13” to 16” range. The one notable exception is a healthy 20 incher that grabbed my buzzbait no more than 10 ft from the canoe and gave me a hard fight.

 

My hour of exploration has now ended and we reluctantly leave for the next pond on my list. I highly recommend spending time exploring Jimmie Pond. It will be well worth the effort!

 

The results: I caught four largemouth bass (largest = 20”) and Christian caught three largemouth bass (largest = 15”) in one hour of fishing.

 

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 this location.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Largemouth bass fishing on Jimmie Pond, Manchester and Farmingdale, Maine (September 19, 2015)

  1. Wow Stan,was there just yesterday morning to check it out after fishing Cobbossee stream for a couple of hrs.I left due to the lack of notable vegetation,but had no idea about the sunken branches etc.

  2. Hi Tom, it looks like we almost crossed paths! This pond is a keeper due to the “hidden” submerged habitat. I also suspect that ice fishing for brookies right along the eastern shoreline would also be worthwhile in a couple of months because trout love hanging around that kind of structure in the winter. I hate to say it, but hard water fishing is right around the corner!

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