Largemouth bass fishing on Little Clemons Pond, Hiram, Maine (September 1, 2013)

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The rough access point to Little Clemons Pond viewed from Route 160

The rough access point to Little Clemons Pond viewed from Route 160

Little Clemons Pond is a 25-acre body of water located in Hiram, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Drive north on Route 160 from South Hiram. The pond will appear on your right-hand side, just after passing Notch Road. The pond is accessible via a rough launch by the road.  Cars can be parked on the shoulder. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be put in the water from this access point. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

 

 

 

General view of Little Clemons Pond

General view of Little Clemons Pond

 

 

Little Clemons Pond is spectacular-looking! The entire shoreline is wooded, with Robbins Hill dominating the background scenery. Not a single house or camp spoils the view. One could almost think that this pond is tucked away in northwestern Maine somewhere, were it not for the cars driving by on Route 160. The pond has a maximum depth of 30 ft and an average depth of 13 ft. The surface water is clean and clear, and the substrate consists of sand and small gravel. The State nicely stocked this body of water with brook trout each spring and fall. The pond is also a popular ice-fishing spot because of its convenient access from the road. General fishing law applies. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

View of the shoreline on Little Clemons Pond along Route 160

View of the shoreline on Little Clemons Pond along Route 160

I arrive at Little Clemons Pond around 10:30 am and quickly launch my canoe. It’s hot and oppressively humid. I’m sweating profusely; this is definitely not my type of weather… There’s also little or no wind, which is actually good because it lets me fish instead of constantly fighting to position the canoe. I focus my attention on the water around Route 160 because I can only fish for about 30 minutes. The shallow areas around the shoreline contain aquatic vegetation which is neither abundant nor sparse, but just the right amount to hold bass without constantly creating a plant mess. I see little or no sunken wood.

 

 

 

Daddy, daddy, look at me. I want to be a glutton when I grow up!

Daddy, daddy, look at me. I want to be a glutton when I grow up!

I start by casting a 5” floating Rapalla along the edges of the vegetation. By the way, here’s a simple trick to cut your odds in half of this lure getting tangled up in plants during the retrieve: cut off the front-facing hook of each treble hook. This action will help the lure slide more easily past plants without getting stuck all the time. Anyway, I get a hit, and hook what has got to be the biggest glutton in the whole pond: the 4” baby largemouth bass got itself hooked on a lure longer than itself!! That-a-boy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, son, you'll grow as big as me if you continue eating that way!!

Well, son, you’ll grow as big as me if you continue eating that way!!

I reposition my canoe and am now fishing with a big “in-your-face” buzzbait. I retrieve my lure close to the weed line when I suddenly get a tremendous hit. The fish immediately dives into the aquatic plants and starts to bury itself in the submerged stems but I succeed in turning him in the nick of time. Once the fish is fighting in open water, I release the drag on my reel to decrease the tension on the line so that the fish doesn’t feel compelled to jump in an attempt to throw the lure. The bass takes several strong runs but soon tires and comes alongside the canoe. What a beauty: it measures 19” and weighs in at about 4 pounds. I need to move on but I am delighted with the fishing quality and overall setting and scenery. I highly recommend Little Clemons Pond to anyone interested in fishing for largemouth bass in a gorgeous setting. This pond is a keeper and should be on your list of places to visit.

 

 

 

 

The results: I caught a 4” and a 19” largemouth bass in 30 minutes 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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