Rainbow trout and brook trout fishing on Long Pond, Denmark, Maine (May 18, 2017)

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A stunning view of Pleasant Mountain from the rough boat launch at Long Pond

Long Pond covers 55 acres and is located in Denmark, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 A2). This pond can be reached as follows when driving from the Naples/Bridgeton area: in the town of Denmark, turn right unto Denmark Road (just after crossing the outlet of Moose Pond), drive on Denmark Road for exactly 4.0 miles, make a left at the stop sign, drive down that road for 0.1 mile and take the first road (Long Pond Drive) to the left. A “No Trespassing” sign is nailed to a large tree but this road is open to the public. Stay on Long Pond Drive for 0.9 miles; the public launch is on the left and is clearly marked. Note that the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer shows that the access point is on the eastern side of the pond, when in fact it is located on the western side. It took me a while, and talking to several locals, to figure that one out…

 

 

 

My lures of choice to hunt for rainbow trout this afternoon

 

 

So, what’s the big deal about Long Pond? This body of water is managed to sustain a quality rainbow trout fishery. The State stocked this pond with 88 bows in the fall of 2016. While that number sound underwhelming, every one of those fish was a 16 incher! The fishing rules are also strict in order to protect this special fishery, as follows: (a) the pond is closed to ice fishing, (b) it opens to open-water fishing on May 15, (c) only artificial lures are allowed (i.e., no live bait), (d) motorboats over 6 HP are prohibited, (e) the daily bag limit on trout is two fish, and (f) the minimum length limit is 10 inches, with only one trout allowed to exceed 12”. Long Pond also has an interesting 150 ft-long “fishing exclusion zone” at its northern tip. The exclusion zone is supposed to be clearly marked by buoys but wasn’t when I paddled up to it. This area is shallow (< 4 ft) but is riddled with submerged springs which provide a cool-water summer refuge for the resident trout. Click here for all the rules that pertain to this pond.

 

It’s always a pleasure to catch your target fish!

I arrive at Long Pond at 4:30 pm eager to wet my lines. Beware that the public access point can only accommodate hand-carried craft. However, the launch provides a stunning view of Pleasant Mountain to the northeast. The shoreline is moderately developed. The surface water is clear and the bottom is sandy. The pond has a maximum and mean depth of 19 ft and 8 ft, respectively, and is therefore relatively shallow. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. I brought my fly fishing rod, just in case, but the wind is just too stiff this afternoon to enjoy that kind of fishing. I make sure to place several heavy logs in front of the canoe to provide a counterweight. Fortunately, I came prepared to troll using the techniques described here: I rely on two rods crossed between my legs in the canoe, with two lures attached to each rod, for a total of four lures in the water. The first one is a nine-weight fly fishing rod with lead-core line fished one color down (i.e., 5-7 ft below the surface). The second one is a regular rod and reel with four heavy split shots crimped above the lures to place them 4-5 ft below the surface.

 

 

 

Long Pond also sustains a population of native brookies

I start paddling around the southern basin of Long Pond and have a tremendous hit within the first 15 minutes. YES!! However, it takes me about 5 seconds to realize that I have a fish on, put down the paddle, untangle the rods between my legs and place tension on the line. By then, the fish has unhooked itself and I feel like an idiot. But I’m excited nonetheless because that must have been one of the 16” bows I was aiming for. Over the next 2.5 hours of fishing both the southern and northern basins (and getting pestered by swarms of black flies…), I get six hits, five hook-ups, with three trout landed in the canoe. Three of those five hooked fish are the 16” rainbow trout I was looking for, of which only one makes it in the boat, in part because I forgot to bring my net… The two other fish are smaller native brookies. Overall, I really enjoyed fishing this pond. The fish were eager to bite, the scenery was splendid, the surroundings were quiet, and the competition was light (I observed only one other boat on the water) on account of the lack of a hard boat launch and the engine-size restriction. I would expect this fishery to slow down by mid-June in response to the warming water and lack of deep-water refuge. Also, one must be constantly vigilant about keeping the lures free of vegetation because of the relative shallowness of the pond.

 

The results: I landed two 11” brook trout and one 16” rainbow trout in 2.5 hours of fun but buggy fishing.

 

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One thought on “Rainbow trout and brook trout fishing on Long Pond, Denmark, Maine (May 18, 2017)

  1. I’ve always heard amazing things about Long Pond – 16 inch rainbow trouts sounds awesome! I need to get up there at some point – your photos are absolutely beautiful.

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