Largemouth bass fishing on Mud Pond in Greenwood, Maine (September 14, 2013)

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View of Mud Pond from the rough boat launch

View of Mud Pond from the rough boat launch

Mud Pond is a 52-acre body of water located in Greenwood, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 C5). Drive north on Greenwood Road towards the town of Greenwood. The pond will appear to the left side, right next to the road. The unimproved access point is located through a copse of trees. Parking is on a small grassy area alongside the road. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this point. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

 

General view of Mud Pond along the shoreline

General view of Mud Pond along the shoreline

 

 

Mud Pond is a strange duck! The pond itself is quite pretty. It is nestled between Patch Mountain to the west and Noyes Mountain to the east. The entire surrounding area is forested and rural. Only one house is visible from the water.  The pond is extremely shallow, with a maximum depth of 6 ft and an average depth of about 4 ft. The substrate of the pond consists of 2 to 3 ft of soft greyish muck… The water, on the other hand, is crystal clear. The amount of aquatic vegetation, consisting mostly of emerging pickerel week/arrowhead plants and patches of water lilies, is surprisingly sparse considering the shallowness and clarity of the pond. The one exception is the northern end by the outlet where the aquatic vegetation is denser.

 

 

Mud Pond provides an idyllic setting to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the water

Mud Pond provides an idyllic setting to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the water

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife states that the shallowness of Mud Pond makes it susceptible to winterkill. I’m sure that the high dissolved oxygen demand by the thick layer of muck doesn’t improve the situation after the vegetation dies out in the fall and the pond ices over. As a result, the quality of the fishery may be impacted due to excessive fish mortality during certain winters. General fishing law applies. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

 

 

 

General view of Mud Pond

General view of Mud Pond

My 10-year old nephew Christian and I arrive at Mud Pond around 11 am. There’s a definite nip in the air even though the sky is mostly sunny. It rained hard for the past four days and a front passed through last night, followed by cold Canadian air blowing in from the northwest. This is proving to be a problem because Christian just doesn’t yet have the strength in his arms to help me power the canoe forward… We struggle to the upwind end of the pond before letting the wind blow us downgradient. I fish with a spinnerbait and a purple 5” soft stickbait, whereas Christian just uses the stickbait. I catch a 14” pickerel on the buzzbait within the first 15 minutes and miss what, to me, looked like a bass strike while retrieving the buzzbait along the edge of a stand of water lilies. But that was the extent of activity in one hour of fishing. The general setting is definitely pleasing but the fishing was disappointing, partly due to the changing weather but also perhaps due to the peculiar conditions that exist in this pond.

 

The results: I caught a 14” pickerel and Christian got skunked in one hour of fishing.

 

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