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

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Piscataquis 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!  Many of the 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. Check out this blog on trolling techniques for catching trout.

 

Most of these ponds were stocked last fall but were closed to ice fishing.  As a result, their trout will have had another 7 or 8 months to put on some weight. The rest 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, minimum size limits for keeper 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 Piscataquis County are listed below in alphabetical order:

 

Fishing for brook trout in the spring is FUN!!

 

 

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Big Murphy Pond covers 15 acres and is located in Rainbow Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 E2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 35 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 7”. Note that Big Murphy Pond is managed specifically to produce a quality brook trout fishery, as follows: (a) artificial lures only, (b) the daily bag limit is two trout, (c) the minimum length limit is 10”, and (d) only one keeper trout may exceed 12”.

 

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Carry Pond covers 17 acres and is located next to the Golden Road just east of Ripogenus Dam in T3 R11 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D3).  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.  All of the stocked trout measure about 8”.

 

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Draper Pond covers 10 acres and is located in Township T3 R10 off the Park Tote Road in Baxter State Park (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D4). 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. All of the stocked trout measured 5”. Note that Draper Pond falls under the general fishing laws but is managed specifically to produce a quality brook trout fishery, as follows: (a) fly fishing only, and (b) only one keeper trout can exceed 14”.

 

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Garland Pond covers 28 acres and is located next to Parson Landing Road in Sebec (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 B3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 46 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked brook trout measured 8”. The pond was also spiced up last fall with 14 splake per acre, all of which measured 7”.

 

Gravel Pit Pond covers 2 acres and is located off Railroad Bed Road in Moosehead Junction Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D2, but the pond is not shown).  A depth map is not available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked several times in the spring with a combined total of 380 brook trout per acre.  Those fish measure about 10”. It was also stocked last fall with an additional 125 brook trout per acre measuring about 13”.

 

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Grindstone Pond covers 26 acres and is located next to Grindstone Pond Road in Willimantic (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 A5). 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. All of the stocked trout measured 7”. The pond was further spiced up last fall with 8 splake per acre, all of which also measured 7”.

 

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Little Pillsbury Pond covers 45 acres and is located off Haymock Road in T8 R11 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 56 D3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 33 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measured 8”.

 

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Long Bog covers 10 acres and is located in Shawtown Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 42 B1). 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. All of the stocked trout measured 8”.

 

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McLellan Pond covers 14 acres and is located in Elliotsville Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E3). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 21 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 7”. Note that McLellan Pond is managed specifically to produce a quality brook trout fishery, as follows: (a) artificial lures only, (b) the daily bag limit is one trout, and (c) the minimum length limit of that keeper trout is 18”.

 

Power Trout Pond covers 1 acre and is located off Railroad Bed Road (just north of Scott Road) in Moosehead Junction Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E2, but the pond is not shown).  A depth map is not available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked several times in the spring with a combined total of 500 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure 10”.

 

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Round Pond covers 8 acres and is located next to the Park Tote Road in Baxter State Park in T2 R9 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51 D1).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with 32 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure 7”.

 

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Snows Pond covers 21 acres and is located next to Route 153 in Dover-Foxcroft (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 B2).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked several times in spring with a combined total of 24 brook trout per acre measuring 10”.  This pond was also stocked last fall with 5 brook trout per acre. Some of these fish may have survived the ice fishing season and would be available to be caught this spring.

 

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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