Joel and I decide to again visit Otter Pond #2 in Standish (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1) after our successful trout fishing experience last week (click here on how to access this 12-acre pond). The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife nicely stocks the pond with a truckload of brook trout each spring and fall. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.
We reach the pond at 8 am after placing the canoe on a set of “canoe wheels” and rolling the boat, engine, all our gear, and Giovanni (my 4-year old grandson) down the Mountain Division Trail which starts at the large parking area off Route 35. The weather this Sunday morning is sunny but quite cool (low 30’s). In fact, we notice the first hints of ice along some of the shallow edges… The water itself is 38°F, which is 8°F lower than last week.
We waste no time implementing our strategy, which worked so well last Sunday, namely: (a) seek out 7-10 ft of water right along the shoreline, (b) troll 4-5 ft below the surface using down-riggers, and (c) fish with a small silver-colored Jake’s Trout Spin-a-Lure. Our approach yields immediate results: I hook and land the first brookie of the morning less than five minutes after we start trolling! This fish is small, and Joel busts me several minutes later when he hooks and lands a feisty 14” male brookie in majestic spawning colors. Yes, we’re on and the trout are behaving just as they did last week!
We have a grand time catching a total of 10 brook trout over the next two hours. Giovanni is our “netter” and “fish releaser” and just loves the sight of all the trout coming to our boat. I also help him reel in two of my fish; you’ve got to start them young in order to create that life-long love of the great outdoors! Giovanni starts complaining of wanting to play in the sand along the shore and so we reluctantly call it quits at 10 am. Joel bested me good this morning: even though we both caught five fish each using exactly the same lures, equipment, and tactics, four of his trout measured 13”-15”, whereas only one of mine did. The rest were little 9-10 inchers. Regardless, we had a fantastic family experience and just made great fishing memories.
The results: I caught 5 brook trout (largest = 14”) and Joel caught 5 brook trout (largest = 15″) in 2 hours of fishing.
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