The TOP Ponds Stocked with Brook Trout for the Spring of 2017 in Cumberland County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Cumberland County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2017. A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: all else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish! All of these ponds cover less than 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and mid-June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures.

 

Some of the ponds described below were stocked last fall but are closed to ice fishing. Others are stocked once early in the spring or may be stocked several times in April and May. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It is recommended to check the regulations about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds, such as daily bag limits, use of live bait fish, artificial lure requirements,  limits on outboard engine size, etc. Note also that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids-only” ponds.

 

The TOP ponds stocked with brook trout for this spring in Cumberland County are listed below in alphabetical order:

 

Fishing for brook trout in the spring is fun!

 

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Adams Pond covers 45 acres and is located on Pond Road off Route 107 (South Bridgton Road) in Bridgton (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 10 brook trout per acre. Those fish measured about 9”.

 

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Beaver Pond covers 4 acres and is located behind the Saccarappa Cemetery next to Spring Street and East Valentine Street in Westbrook (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 74 C1, Westbrook). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 58 brook trout per acre. These fish measure about 10”.

 

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Chaffin Pond covers 13 acres and is located in the Donnabeth Lippman Park off Route 302 (next to the Sherwin-Williams paint store) in downtown Windham (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C2). A depth map is not available.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 18 brook trout per acre. These fish measure about 9”. Note that Chaffin Pond is managed specifically as a trophy brook trout fishery. Hence, the fishing rules are strict, as follows: (a) artificial lures only, (b) a two-fish daily bag limit, and (c) a minimum length limit of 12” with only one trout allowed to exceed 14”.

 

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Cold Rain Pond covers 38 acres and is located next to Tiger Hill Road off Kimball Corner Road in Naples (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 9 brook trout per acre. These fish measure about 9”. The pond was also stocked last fall; some of these additional fish may have survived the ice fishing season and are available to be caught this spring.

 

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Otter Pond #2 covers 12 acres and is located off Route 35 in Standish (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 22 brook trout per acre. These fish measure about 10”. The State also spices up this pond in the spring with an average of thirty 16” brook trout (about 3 large trout per acre). Otter Pond #2 provides one of the best odds of catching large brook trout this spring in southern Maine.  The pond was also stocked last fall; some of these additional fish may have survived the ice fishing season and are available to be caught this spring.

 

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Otter Pond #4 (a.k.a. Snake Pond) covers 6 acres and is also located off Route 35 in Standish (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for directions on how to reach this body of water (blog #2935). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 19 brook trout per acre. These stocked trout measure about 10”. The pond was also stocked last fall; some of these additional fish may have survived the ice fishing season and are available to be caught this spring.

 

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Pineland Pond covers 1 acre and is located right next to Route 231 (Intervale Road) by Pineland Farms in New Gloucester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C4, although the pond itself is not shown on the map; use the Google map link above). A depth map is not available. This very popular pond is stocked in the spring with an amazing total of 405 brook trout per acre! The stocked trout measure about 10”. Note that the entire shoreline of Pineland Pond is free of trees and bushes, which makes it an ideal location for beginners to practice their fly-fishing skills from shore. Its easy access and tremendous stocking rate also makes it a great pond to introduce kids to trout fishing.

 

Fishing for brook trout in the spring is FUN!

 

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to provide your thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to share your fishing experiences on any of the ponds highlighted in this blog.

 

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