Largemouth bass fishing on Pickerel Pond in Denmark, Maine (September 1, 2013)

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Rough access point to Pickerel Pond

Rough access point to Pickerel Pond

Pickerel Pond is a 40-acre body of water located in Denmark, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B4). Drive north on Route 107 towards Bridgeton and turn left on Swamp Road. Turn right at the stop sign after about 1 mile and continue for 0.8 miles on Hancock Pond Road. Veer right at the dirt road and go straight for several 100 ft. The pond will appear on the right and is accessible via a rough boat launch on its southwestern corner. The launch can only accommodate small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

 

General view of Pickerel Pond

General view of Pickerel Pond

 

 

Pickerel Pond provides a nice “remote” fishing experience. The surrounding landscape is completely wooded. Not a single house, cabin, or dock spoils the view. The water is clear and the substrate is clean, consisting of sand, gravel and cobbles. The aquatic vegetation is relatively sparse and concentrated at the outlet by the access point. The pond has a maximum depth of 18 ft and an average depth of 9 ft. General fishing law applies. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

View of the shoreline by the outlet across from the access point on Pickerel Pond

View of the shoreline by the outlet across from the access point on Pickerel Pond

I arrive at Pickerel Pond at 1 pm and have literally less than 30 minutes to spend on it before I need to leave for another engagement. I’m sharing the pond with two other guys fishing in a small John boat. It’s actually the first time in several weeks this summer that I’ve seen anyone else on my small-pond fishing expeditions. I just love the idea that so many ponds are left in southern Maine where a person can be on the water for a couple of hours on a weekend without encountering another human. It’s one of the many reasons I love living in this place so much.

 

 

 

This little guy fell for my buzzbait

This little guy fell for my buzzbait

I focus the little time I have on fishing the shallow, weedy areas by the outlet across from the access point using a soft stickbait and a spinnerbait. My goal is simply to show that Pickerel Pond has largemouth bass in it. I get a hit on the stickbait on my third cast but the fish gets away when the lure tangles up in the vegetation. I suspect it was a bass, but can’t prove it. Soon after, though, a 13” largemouth bass jumps on my spinnerbait and angrily resists my attempts to bring it to my canoe. I see the other two guys paddling back from the other end of the pond and decide to head out before they arrive. I talk to them as I’m tying up my canoe on my car; they tell me that they caught five bass. I do like the general setting and highly recommend Pickerel Pond to anyone who wants to spend some quiet time on the water fishing for largemouth bass.

 

The results: I caught one 13” largemouth bass in 20 minutes of fishing.

 

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