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

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

 

Some ponds were stocked last fall but were 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 one exception is Round Pond in Lyman, which is a “kids-only” pond for ice fishing, but is open to the general public during the open-water season. Hence, it is included below.

 

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

 

Brook trout fishing in the spring is FUN!!

 

 

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Isinglass Pond covers 30 acres and is located off Route 117 (Cape Road) in Waterboro (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4E4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with 8 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Littlefield Pond covers 19 acres and is located off Emmons Road in Sanford (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Click here for directions and access. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked once in the spring with an average of 18 brook trout per acre measuring about 11”. The pond was also stocked last fall.  Some of those trout may have survived the ice fishing season and would be available to be caught this spring.

 

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Matthews Mill Pond covers 2 acres and is located next to Old Sanford Road in Berwick (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2E3). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked once in the spring with an average of 115 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Milliken Mills Pond covers 5 acres and is located off Milliken Mills Road in Old Orchard Beach (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 3 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked once in the spring with an average of 46 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Round Pond covers 8 acres and is located across from the York County Fish & Game Association facility off Mast Road in Lyman (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  The pond is stocked in the spring with a total of 28 brook trout per acre measuring about 10”. The pond was also stocked last fall.  Some of those trout may have survived the ice fishing season and would therefore be available to be caught this spring.

 

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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