Largemouth bass fishing on Little Togus Pond, Augusta Maine (August 21, 2016)

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Only hand-carried crafts can be put in at the informal access point. Note the shallow weed beds and the wind...

Only hand-carried crafts can be put in at the informal access point for Little Togus Pond. Note the shallow weed beds in the forefront, the wind, and the southern shore in the background.

Little Togus Pond is a 93-acre body of water located in Augusta (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C1), just across from its much larger cousin, Togus Pond. The access point is found right off South Belfast Avenue (Route 105) which runs between the two ponds. This informal put-in can only accommodate hand-carried craft because it lacks an actual boat launch. Ample parking is available along the gravelly shoulder of the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The southern shore of Little Togus Pond is blissfully out of the wind! However, the bass holding habitat is sparse, consisting of boulders interspersed by meager aquatic vegetation.

The southern shore of Little Togus Pond is blissfully out of the wind! However, the bass holding habitat is sparse, consisting of large boulders interspersed by meager aquatic vegetation.

 

I reach Little Togus Pond at 1:30 pm. Boy, this one represents another fine discovery! Not a single human structure is visible along its entire shoreline, except for one property next to Route 105. I am also once again pleasantly surprised to note that I have this attractive pond all to myself this afternoon. That’s just unbelievable considering that it is located less than five miles from downtown Augusta, which represents one of the largest metropolitan areas in Maine! It goes to show that we are really blessed by an abundance of freshwater fishing resources in our beautiful state. The sun is shining high up in the sky but an awful southwest wind is blowing at a steady 20 mph in advance of a low-pressure front announced for later on tonight. Paddling alone in a canoe into a strong head wind is a real pain in the you know where because the front end of the boat lifts out of the water and acts like a “sail”, causing the wind to constantly want to force the canoe to swing sideways. Fortunately, I find a serious boulder right at the put-in which I place at the front of the boat as a counter weight.

 

 

This habitat looks delicious but does not yield a single hit...

This shallow and weedy habitat looks delicious but does not yield a single hit…

A large shallow and weedy area extends in front and to the right of Little Togus Pond when I’m looking towards the opposite (southern) end of the pond from the access point on Route 105. Both of these areas should certainly hold largemouth bass, but I would be wasting my time and energy trying to fish them while also fighting the wind. Instead, I paddle off into the breeze and head straight for the far shore in the hope of finding some relief from the relentless gusts. To my surprise, given the extensive weedy shallows, the surface water is almost crystal clear with only the slightest hint of color! The pond is also relatively shallow with a maximum and mean depth of 22 ft and 9 ft, respectively. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Bass fishing falls under the general law rules.

 

 

That's the average size of the largemouth bass I caught on Little Togus Pond this afternoon

That’s the average size of the largemouth bass I caught on Little Togus Pond this afternoon

When I reach the opposite end of Little Togus Pond, I discover to my surprise that the shoreline and the substrate over there consist of many large boulders with limited soft substrate. As a result, and with some notable exceptions, the aquatic plant life in that general area is rather sparse. While not representing ideal largemouth bass habitat, the entire southern shoreline is mercifully out of the wind. Besides, the boulders do provide multiple nooks and cranies in which to hide from the sun.  I spend about an hour fishing that whole back area with a buzzbait and a stickbait but only catch one small largemouth bass and two pickerels. My remaining time is limited, so I paddle to the very end of the southern shore to let the wind drift me back towards the launch area. That trajectory pushes me right past extensive shallow weed beds where I catch two more smallish largemouth bass (13” and 14”) on a buzzbait in the 15 minutes it takes the canoe to return to the put-in. Clearly, the real fishing action on this pond is focused on the weed beds. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of time and cannot continue exploring this attractive pond. But I highly recommend spending an afternoon investigating this water body because I’m sure that some big ol’ bass are hiding in those aquatic plants!

 

The results: I caught 3 largemouth bass (largest =14”) in a little over one hour of fishing.

 

Little Togus Pond, Augusta, Maine

 

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