Largemouth bass fishing on Webster’s Mill Pond, Limington, Maine (July 12, 2014)

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The sandy boat launch of Webster's Mill Pond could accommodate small trailered boats

The sandy boat launch of Webster’s Mill Pond can accommodate small trailered boats

Webster’s Mill Pond (also known as North Limington Pond) is a 40-acre body of water located in Limington, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D4). The pond, which sits at the intersection of Route 11 (Sokokis Avenue) and Route 25 (Ossipee Trail), is easily reached from Route 11. An unimproved sandy boat launch allows access to small trailered boats. The section of the pond along Route 11 is a popular spot to fish from shore. However, the most productive approach by far is to fish from a small craft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nice shoreline view of Webster's Mill Pond

A nice shoreline view of Webster’s Mill Pond

 

 

The water in Webster’s Mill Pond has the color of weak tea. The substrate consists mostly of sand overlain with a layer of organic muck. Floating and emergent aquatic vegetation is luxurious all along the shoreline and also elsewhere on the pond, but particularly in the back bay opposite Route 11 and the entire shoreline on the right of the boat launch. The fishing rules on this pond fall under the General Law provisions. The pond has a maximum depth of 7 ft and an average depth of 3 ft, making it extremely shallow and fertile. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

 

This part of the pond is chocked with these tiny lilypads that provides great habitat for the largemouth bass

This part of the pond is chocked with these tiny lilypads that provide great habitat for the largemouth bass

I reach Webster’s Mill Pond at 11:30 am with my 11-year old nephew Christian. It’s another beautiful Maine summer day: temps in the low 80’s, partly sunny, with a light northwest breeze. We launch my canoe and paddle across the pond to fish the weedy shallows opposite Route 11. We hear several fish jump out of the water when we reach our target area; they sound like bass trying to grab dragonflies. I use a buzzbait to probe open spaces between the abundant aquatic vegetation, whereas Christian uses a soft stickbait. We pound the area for about 45 minutes, which yields only a small largemouth bass for me and a 20” pickerel for Christian. Mmm, that’s not good. We paddle back towards the outlet by the bridge on Route 11 and focus our attention on the weedy shoreline. We work hard but haven’t caught a thing after 30 minutes. Christian grows frustrated with the lack of fish: his casting becomes sloppy, his line knots up, and his lure gets stuck. His negative attitude affects my ability to figure out where the darn bass are hiding in this pond. At a certain point, I’ve had enough with him. I turn the canoe around, paddle towards the launch area and tell him that he’s banished from fishing with me for the next hour. I leave him befuddled on the shoreline with his fishing rod and tackle box…

 

 

It's not much of a bass but at least I was able to figure their game!

It’s not much of a bass but at least I was able to figure out their game!

Back to the business of figuring out the bass. One part of Webster’s Mill Pond I’ve avoided so far is located to the right of the boat launch. It consists of an extensive shallow area no more than 2 ft deep and overgrown with a species of tiny lilypads and much other aquatic vegetation. I normally stay away from such an area because lures constantly get choked up with weeds, which makes fishing difficult. I’m nonetheless attracted to it because nothing else is working and I see several bass jump clear out of the water. About the only way I know how to fish such a habitat is to rapidly retrieve a soft stickbait so that it skips on the surface of the water thereby preventing it from sinking and getting stuck on vegetation. The bass will follow below and grab the lure as soon as it hits a patch of open water (click here for an earlier example of this approach). Using this strategy, I catch my first bass in the first 10 minutes, followed by another four over the next 30 minutes. Finally, I found them! All these fish are small (10”-13”) but I’m just happy to have located their hiding place. It’s time to turn around, pick up Christian, and head back home.

 

 

The results: I caught six largemouth bass (size range = 10” to 13”) and Christian caught two pickerel in two hours 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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