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

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Kennebec 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.

 

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 size 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 this spring in Kennebec County are listed below in alphabetical order:

 


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Desert Pond covers 23 acres and is located off Desert Pond Road in Mount Vernon (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 11 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Gould Pond covers 19 acres and is located next to Summerhaven Road in Sydney (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 24 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Jamies Pond (a.k.a. Jimmie Pond) covers 107 acres and is located alongside Collins Road/Bog Farm Road in Manchester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked several times in the spring with a total of 9 brook trout per acre. This fish measure about 10”. The pond was also stocked last fall with brook trout and splake, some of which may have survived the ice fishing season and are available to be caught this spring.

 

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Kimball Pond covers 55 acres and is located next to Kimball Pond Road in Vienna (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 15 brook trout per acre.  The stocked trout measured about 7”. Note that Kimball 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) minimum length of 12”, with only one fish allowed to exceed 14”.

 

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Silver Lake (a.k.a. Figure Eight Pond) covers 29 acres and is located off Summerhaven Road in Sidney (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 B5).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with a total of 7 brook trout per acre. Those fish measure about 10”. The lake was also stocked last fall with 2 brown trout per acre. These fish measured about 12”.

 

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Tyler Pond covers 22 acres and is located off Sanford Road in Manchester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 B5). 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 these stocked trout measured about 7”, with the rest coming in at 13”. Note that Tyler 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) minimum length of 12”, with only one fish allowed to exceed 14”.

 

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.

 

Brook trout fishing in the spring is FUN!!

 

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