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.
James Pond is a 54-acre body of water located in Somerville, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C4). From the Augusta area, head east on Route 105 past Windsor and Somerville. Turn left on Turner Ridge Road and drive for about 1.2 miles until Colby Road appears to the left. Stay on Turner Road for another 0.3 miles and look for a rough but drivable forest road on the right. The access to the pond is about 300 ft down on the right by the fire pit. I did not see any “No Trespassing” signs and so assume that this way in is legit. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from the access point. A public boat launch is not available.
Ice Pond (a.k.a. New Harbor Pond) is a 9-acre body of water located in Bristol, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 C4). Drive south on Route 130 into New Harbor and turn left on Route 32. The short but rough and rutted access road to the pond is located a couple of hundred feet on the left. No parking is possible on Route 32 and the access road can only accommodate one car (a second car would not be able to squeeze by). Only hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be launched from this access point.
This blog identifies the ponds in Lincoln County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2013. All of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Some of these ponds could be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.
Knickerbocker Pond is an 86-acre body of water located in Boothbay, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 C2). This pond is reached via Access Road off Barters Island Road. Be aware that Access Road could be problematic in deep snow as it may not be plowed in the winter. That’s not a problem today thanks to the extensive melting that occurred earlier in the week. I’ve decided to fish Knickerbocker Pond, even though it is located about 1.5 hours east of where I live, because the state stocked this pond exceptionally well with five-pound broodstock rainbow trout in the fall of 2012. Click here for details.
Seven ponds in Lincoln County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout to support ice fishing during the winter of 2013. Most of the stocked trout are relatively small (7” to 11”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.
The state also spices-up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 12” or more. This blog highlight the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Lincoln County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below. Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.