Largemouth bass fishing on Alewife Pond, Kennebunk, Maine (June 29, 2014)

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The entrance marker on Cole Road to the Alewife Woods Preserve

The entrance marker on Cole Road to the Alewife Woods Preserve

Alewife Pond is a 37-acre body of water located in Kennebunk, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C5). The pond is accessible by driving north on Cole Road from Alfred Road for about 0.6 miles, and turning right on the Alewife Woods Preserve (look for the sign on the right of the road). Leave your car at the small parking lot about 300 ft in. The 625-acre Preserve is owned and managed by the Kennebunk Land Trust. The Preserve is well worth a visit for its quiet, wooded and isolated setting within a short drive of several popular nearby coastal resorts. It has 2.5 miles of easy trails to support outdoors activities in the summer (e.g., walking, bird watching, dirt biking) and winter (e.g., snow shoeing and cross-country skiing). Fires, motorized vehicles, and camping are not allowed. Click here for more information on the Preserve.

 

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Otter Pond, Bridgton, Maine (June 14, 2014)

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General view of Otter Pond from the launch area

General view of Otter Pond from the launch area

Otter Pond is a 90-acre body of water located in Bridgton, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 A4). To access the pond, turn right on Otter Pond Road after driving about 4 miles north on Route 302 from Naples. The pond will appear on your left after about 0.2 miles. Note that this “road” is quite rough and eroded, with rocks and small boulders sticking out left and right. I’m able to get through with my front-wheel drive car, but only slowly and very carefully… This pond provides a real sense of isolation and remoteness, which is remarkable considering that it is located but a few of miles outside of both Naples and Bridgton. Only two or three houses are visible from the water. The surrounding landscape is completely forested, with Mount Henry keeping watch in the background.

 

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Burnt Meadow Pond, Brownfield, Maine (June 14, 2014)

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View of the town beach area on Burnt Meadow Pond

View of the town beach area on Burnt Meadow Pond

Burnt Meadow Pond is a 69-acre body of water located in Brownfield, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B2). The easiest access is via the excellent boat launch located off Route 160 (Spring Street) which runs parallel to the shoreline along the western side of the pond. An alternative access point, but only for small hand-carried craft, is from the town beach off Burnt Meadow Road (follow the blue signs for “town beach”) located by the outlet at the northern end of the pond. About two-dozen houses dot the shoreline, mostly along the northern shore. The setting is actually quite pleasing with Burnt Meadow Mountain looming in the background. The surrounding watershed is completely forested.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ten fabulous largemouth bass ponds in southern Oxford County, Maine

Fishing for largemouth bass is a cherished summer activity for many fishermen in Maine. The desired quietness and loneliness, however, can be rudely impacted by the unwelcome hustle and bustle of jet skiers, swimmers, speed boaters, other fishermen, or general shore activity. My goal was to find, and share with you, hidden largemouth bass fishing spots scattered throughout southern Oxford County, defined here as that part of the county situated south of the Androscoggin River. I focused on smaller ponds less than about 50 acres in size, located mostly off the beaten track but still readily accessible by car (no need for 4X4 driving or hiking through the woods!). I also avoided ponds with excessive shore development. A small motorized boat could be launched on a few of these ponds, but most are fishable only by hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak. This selection process ensures that you will likely be fishing all by yourself in unspoiled, quiet, natural surroundings. The ponds are also small enough that they can be covered in a lazy afternoon or a long summer evening. Finally, I fished each one of them to ensure that they contain largemouth bass, which they did!  Click here for an overview of the lures I like to use on these fish. I’ve also identified fabulous largemouth bass ponds in York County, Cumberland County, and south coastal Maine.

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Largemouth bass fishing on South Pond in Buckfield, Maine (September 14, 2013)

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View of South Pond from the rough launch

View of South Pond from the rough launch

South Pond is a 49-acre body of water located in Buckfield, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C3). Drive east on Route 117 towards Buckfield, pass Sodom Road, and turn right on John Ellingwood Road after another mile or so. Go down this hard-top road for 0.1 mile and take the dirt road on the right (going straight will put you into a municipal parking lot). Drive down this remarkably-straight dirt road for 1.5 miles. The pond and its access point will appear on the right. Another access point is located at the end of the pond further down the dirt road.  Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from either access points. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Mud Pond in Greenwood, Maine (September 14, 2013)

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View of Mud Pond from the rough boat launch

View of Mud Pond from the rough boat launch

Mud Pond is a 52-acre body of water located in Greenwood, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 C5). Drive north on Greenwood Road towards the town of Greenwood. The pond will appear to the left side, right next to the road. The unimproved access point is located through a copse of trees. Parking is on a small grassy area alongside the road. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this point. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

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Eight fabulous largemouth bass ponds in south coastal Maine (Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln Counties)

Fishing for largemouth bass is a cherished summer activity for many fishermen in southern Maine. The desired quietness and loneliness, however, can be rudely impacted by the unwelcome hustle and bustle of jet skiers, swimmers, speed boaters, other fishermen, or general shore activity. My goal was to find, and share with you, hidden largemouth bass fishing spots scattered throughout Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln Counties. I focused on smaller ponds less than about 50 acres in size, located mostly off the beaten track but still readily accessible by car (no need for 4X4 driving or hiking through the woods!). I also avoided ponds with excessive shore development. A small motorized boat could be launched on a few of these ponds, but most are fishable only by hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak.

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Largemouth bass fishing on Bradley Pond in Lovell, Maine (September 7, 2013)

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View of Bradley Pond from the public access point

View of Bradley Pond from the public access point

Bradley Pond is a 34-acre body of water located in Lovell, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D2). The pond is accessible via an unimproved, town-owned public launch. Drive south on Route 5 towards Center Lovell. Turn left on Bradley Pond Road  just before reaching North Lovell. Drive for 0.8 miles on this well-maintained gravel road and keep right at the split. Go for another 0.2 miles. The public launch is on the left, across from a big house. Note that motorboats are prohibited on this pond and that only small hand-carried craft can be launched from the access point.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Proctor Pond in Albany Township, Maine (September 7, 2013)

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Access point to Proctor Pond

Access point to Proctor Pond

Proctor Pond is a 45-acre body of water located in Albany Township, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D3). Public access is a challenge. It took me a good 45 minutes of driving all around the pond to find a way in. The reason is that much of the waterfront is privately owned, plus the pond is surrounded by a dense network of gravel roads, four wheeler roads, and snowmobile trails which seemingly go everywhere and nowhere. An easier way in may exist than the one explained below; if so, please feel free to share that information in the comment section at the end of this blog.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Webber Pond in Sweden, Maine (September 7, 2013)

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View from the access point to Webber Pond

View from the access point to Webber Pond

Webber Pond is a 32-acre body of water located in Sweden, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 E3). Drive north on Route 93 towards Sweden. Turn left on Webber Pond Road. The pond will appear on the left side after about 1.5 miles (past Beaver Dam Road). Look for mailbox #150. The way into the pond is across from that mailbox. Beware that the trail is blocked by big boulders.  Only small portable boats such as canoes or kayaks have access to the pond and need to be carried in for about 300 ft. I did not see any “No Trespassing” signs on the trail and so assume that this is a legitimate way in. A public boat launch is not available.

 

 

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