Largemouth bass fishing on Spectacle Pond #2 in Porter, Maine (September 1, 2013)

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Access point to Spectacle Pond #2

Access point to Spectacle Pond #2

Spectacle Pond #2 is a 45-acre body of water located in Porter, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2). Drive north from South Hiram/Kezar Falls unto Spec Pond Road. Follow this road for about 1.2 miles and look for a white house with a big white barn (mail box # 154) at the point where the road turns to thread its way between the two Spectacle Ponds. Pond #2 is on the left. The rough access point is located less than 0.1 mile passed the white house. It can accommodate a few parked cars. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be put in the water. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

 

 

General view of Spectacle Pond #2

General view of Spectacle Pond #2

 

 

The surface water from Spectacle Pond #2 flows through two culverts underneath Spec Pond Road into Spectacle Pond #1. Unfortunately, it is impossible to navigate from one pond into the other, as I found out the hard way….  The culverts are submerged and therefore impassable. I did drag my canoe over the road past the culverts but then had to back-track further down the thoroughfare towards Spectacle Pond #1 when I was stopped by fallen trees that obstructed the passage. So, the only way from one pond to the other is to pack up all your gear in order to unpack it two minutes later : (

 

View of the shallows along the shoreline of Spectacle Pond #2

View of the shallows along the shoreline of Spectacle Pond #2

Spectacle Pond #2 is another hidden jewel located in southern Oxford County. The pond is surrounded by several forested hills. Except for the white house on Spec Pond Road, no other human structures are visible from the water.  As such, it provides a distinct “remote” experience, interrupted only by the occasional car driving by on the nearby road. The pond has a maximum depth of 15 ft and a mean depth of 8 ft, making it relatively shallow. The surface water is clean and clear. The bottom is sandy but covered with muck. The shallows bordering the shoreline contain lots of aquatic vegetation, including pickerel weed and several kinds of lily pads, which provides great cover for largemouth bass. General fishing law applies. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

 

This largemouth bass fell for a buzzbait on Spectacle Pond #2

This largemouth bass fell for a buzzbait on Spectacle Pond #2

I arrive at Spectacle Pond #2 by 8 am and am immediately impressed by the general setting. The mist is slowly rising up from the wooded hills in the background, the sun is up, the skies are blue, and the breeze is gentle. I launch my canoe and start fishing the weedy shallows at the southern end of the pond using a buzzbait and a soft stickbait. I catch two small largemouth bass (13” each) in half an hour, which satisfies my need to show that this pond is not only pretty but also contains my target fish species. I need to check out the other Spec Pond and thus have to move on, but I am happy with the surrounding scenery and fishing experience. I highly recommend Spectacle Pond #2 to anyone interested in catching largemouth bass in a gorgeous and isolated setting. This pond is a keeper and should be on your list of places to visit.

 

 

The results: I caught two 13” 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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