Trout fishing on Ell Pond, Sanford, Maine (May 19, 2013)

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General view of Ell Pond

General view of Ell Pond

Ell Pond (a.k.a. Little Pond) covers 32 acres and is located on the townline between Wells and Sanford (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 D4).  Drive on Horace Mill Road and turn off on Ell Pond Road. Hang a right and the unimproved boat launch will appear at the end of the road. This small water body is surprisingly deep (maximum depth of 51 ft) and crystal clear. The substrate consists of rough sand, gravel, and cobble. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information

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Trout fishing on Stanley Pond, Hiram, Maine (April 21, 2013)


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Stanley Pond is a three-lobed, 137-acre body of water located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). It is accessible via the boat launch located in the lower lobe next to the outlet on Tripptown Road off Route 160. This pond has a reputation for producing large rainbow trout. Visit the website linked to this blog for more information on this and the 600+ other ponds that are stocked with trout and/or landlocked salmon throughout Maine.

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Trout fishing on Stanley Pond, Hiram, Maine (March 10, 2013)

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Stanley Pond is a three-lobed, 137-acre body of water located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). It is accessible via the boat launch located next to the outlet on Tripptown Road off Route 160. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond has a reputation for growing big rainbow trout. It was also stocked last fall with larger trout (click here for details). My son Joel and I will icefish it for the first time today in an attempt to catch one of the big ones. We reach the boat launch by the outlet dam located on the lower lobe of Stanley Pond at 7:25 am. We’re anxious about the ice conditions because it rained heavily five days earlier, followed by relatively balmy daytime temperatures in the mid 40’s. Fortunately, the hard freeze over the last several nights has solidified the slush into 6” of soft ice on top of 9” of black ice. We’re good to go because the ice along the shoreline is also solid. The day promises to be beautiful: full sunshine, no wind, and temps in the low 40’s.

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Trout fishing on Norton Pond, Lincolnville, Maine (February 24, 2013)

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Norton Pond is an 112-acre body of water located in Lincolnville, Waldo County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). This pond is accessed via the public boat launch on Norton Pond Road off Maine Street (Route 52). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. I’m fishing this pond today, even though it is located close to 100 miles from where I live in southern Maine, because the state stocked it exceptionally well in the fall of 2012 with five-pound brood stock rainbow trout. Click here for more details on this topic.  I’d love to emulate my luck from two weeks earlier on Knickerbocker Pond when I caught a nice rainbow trout.

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Trout fishing on Knickerbocker Pond, Boothbay, Maine (February 3, 2013)

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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.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Waldo County, Maine (winter of 2013)

About a dozen ponds in Waldo County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and/or splake 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 Waldo 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.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Somerset County, Maine (winter of 2013)

About one dozen ponds in Somerset County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and/or splake 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 Somerset County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish. It is recommended to consult the latest law book (available at http://www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing/) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on the ponds described below. Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Sagadahoc County, Maine (winter of 2013)

Four ponds in Sagadahoc County, Maine, were stocked in the fall of 2012 with brook trout, brown trout and/or 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 Sagadahoc 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.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching monster trout in Maine (winter of 2013)

The state releases part of its trout brood stock every fall to create some real and unexpected excitement during ice fishing. In most cases, though, too few of the huge fish are present such that catching one of them falls into the category of plain-old luck. In a few select ponds, however, enough of these fish were released in the fall of 2012 that it would make sense to target them specifically.

For this blog, I will define a lunker trout as measuring 20 or more inches. Such a fish would weigh in at between 3.5 and 4.5 lbs depending on its actual size, which would make anyone’s ice fishing day! I also defined the minimum stocking density where it becomes worth targeting these fish as around 0.5 fish per acre of pond. This value is roughly the stocking density for landlocked salmon throughout Maine.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Lincoln County, Maine (winter of 2013)

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.

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