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

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Hancock 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 water, the greater the chances of catching those fish! Most of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and mid-June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures. Check out this blog on trolling techniques for catching trout.

 

All of the ponds described below were stocked last fall but are closed to ice fishing. Hence, those trout have had an additional 6-7 months to fatten up a bit. Several of the ponds are further spiced up with an additional stocking in the spring. 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, minimum keeper size, 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” pond.

 

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

 

Spring fishing for brook trout is FUN!

 

 

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Birch Harbor Pond covers 19 acres and is located next to Route 186 in Winter Harbor (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 17 B1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 21 brook trout per acre. These trout measure around 7”. It is also stocked in the spring with an additional 11 brook trout per acre. These additional fish measure about 10”.

 

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Crystal Pond covers 19 acres and is located off Morrison Ridge Road in Township T40 MD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 D4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 37 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 7”.

 

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Fox Pond covers 77 acres and is located next to Route 182 in Township T10 SD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 39 brook trout per acre. Most of these trout measured about 7”. It is also stocked in the spring with 5 brook trout per acre. These additional fish measure about 10”.

 

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Halfmoon Pond covers 3 acres and is located in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 42 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 7”.

 

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Lily Pond covers 37 acres and is located alongside Quaco Road in the town of Deer Isle (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 15 D3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 30 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measure about 7”.

 

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Lower Breakneck Pond covers 8 acres and is located in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 31 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 7”.

 

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Salmon Pond covers 10 acres and is located in Township T10 SD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 30 book trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 7”.

 

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Simmons Pond covers 7 acres and is located at the end of Salem Road off Wyman Road in Hancock (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 E2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 29 brook trout per acre. Most of these fish measured about 7”. It is also stocked in the spring with 11 brook trout per acre. These additional fish measure about 10”. Note that Simmons Pond is managed specifically to produce larger trout. As a result, (a) only artificial lures are allowed, (b) the daily bag limit is two trout, (c) the minimum length of the keeper fish is 10”, and (d) only one of the two keepers may exceed 12”.

 

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Trout Pond covers 8 acres and is located next to Trout Pond Road in Amherst (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 A1). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 31 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measure about 7”.

 

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Trout Pond covers 6 acres and is located next to Morrison Ridge Road in Township T40 MD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 D4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 50 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measure about 5”. Note that Trout Pond is managed specifically to produce larger trout. As a result, only one keeper trout may exceed 14”.

 

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Upper Breakneck Pond covers 9 acres and is located in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 31 brook trout per acre. These fish measured about 7”.

 

Spring fishing for brook trout 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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