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

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Washington 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!  Most 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. Check out this blog on trolling techniques for catching trout.

 

All of the ponds discussed below are closed to ice fishing. Most were stocked last fall, whereas a few are also stocked in the spring. Fish that were released last fall will therefore have had 7 to 8 months to fatten up a bit. 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 Washington County are listed below in alphabetical order:

 

Fishing for brook trout in the spring is FUN!

 

 

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Berrypatch Pond (a.k.a. Unnamed Pond) covers 5 acres and is located off Old Doobey Road in T31 MD BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 A5).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information, plus directions on how to reach this body of water.  The pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 55 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measure about 8” with the rest coming in at 13”.

 

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East Pike Brook Pond covers 12 acres and is located off Schoodic Road in T18MD BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.   This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 40 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 8”.

 

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Ledge Pond (a.k.a. Bald Ledge Pond) covers 17 acres and is located off Oscar Brown Road in Charlotte (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 36 D5).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 40 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 7”. Note that Ledge Pond is managed specifically to produce a quality brook trout fishery, as follows: (a) the daily bag limit is two trout, (b) the minimum size limit is 10”, and (c) only one keeper trout may exceed 12”.

 

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Lily Lake (a.k.a. Anderson Lake) covers 31 acres and is located off Crowns Neck Road in Trescott Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 27 B2).  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 and once in the spring with 34 brook trout per acre.  These stocked trout measure between 8” and 11”.

 

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Monroe Lake covers 45 acres and is located off the Stud Mill Road in T43 MD BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 35 C4).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 70 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 8”.

 

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Norse Pond covers 10 acres and is located in Cutler (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 27 C2). A depth map is not available. 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”.

 

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Peep Lake covers 32 acres and is located in T30 MD BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 A3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This lake, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 41 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 8”.

 

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Pineo Pond covers 7 acres and is located off Schoodic Lake Road in Deblois (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C2).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 43 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 8”. Note that Pineo Pond is managed specifically to produce a quality brook trout fishery, as follows: (a) fly fishing only, (b) the daily bag limit is two trout, (c) the minimum length is 10”, and (d) only one keeper trout may exceed 12”.

 

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Salmon Pond covers 11 acres and is located next to Machias River Road (a.k.a. CCC Road) in T30 MD BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 35 E3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 36 brook trout per acre.  The stocked trout measured around 8”.

 

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Six Mile Lake covers 55 acres and is located next to Route 192 (Northfield Road) in Marshfield (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B2).  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 and in the spring with 5 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measure between 7” and 10” with the rest coming in at 14”.

 

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West Pike Brook Pond covers 32 acres and is located next to East Pike Brook Pond off Schoodic Road in T18 MD BPP (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C2).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 40 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measure about 8”, with the rest coming in at 13”. Note that West Pike Brook 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 is 10”, and (d) the minimum keeper size is 12”.

 

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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