TOP 10 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2014 Spring Fishing Season in Hancock County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Hancock County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2014. Most of the target ponds are below 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Some of these ponds can be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

The TOP 10 brook trout ponds in Hancock County for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order. A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

Some ponds were stocked in the fall of 2013 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 available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reports/stocking/index.htm.

It is always prudent to consult the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds. The most up-to-date rules are available at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reports/stocking/index.htm. Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.

Finally, feel free to use the website linked to this blog to discover how many trout and salmon are released per acre in the spring and fall in all the ponds and lakes stocked by the State throughout Maine.

The TOP 10 brook trout ponds for the 2014 spring fishing season in Hancock County are as follows:

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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). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/birch_harbor_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 17 brook trout per acre. These trout measure around 7”. It is also stocked in the spring with 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 T40 MD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 D4). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/crystal_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 29 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 8”.
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Fox Pond covers 77 acres and is located next to Route 182 in T10 SD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 D5). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/fox_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 31 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). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/halfmoon_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 33 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). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/lily_pond1.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 24 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measure about 7”, with the rest measuring about 12”.
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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). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/breakneck_pond_lower.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 25 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 7”.
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Salmon Pond covers 10 acres and is located in T10 SD Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 D5). A depth map and more fisheries information are available from www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/salmon_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 24 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). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/simmons_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 51 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 7”. It is also stocked in the spring with 11 brook trout per acre. These additional fish measure about 10”.
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Trout Pond covers 6 acres and is located off Morrison Ridge Road in T40 MD (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 D4). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/trout_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 40 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 7”.
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Youngs Pond covers 13 acres and is located off Route 180 in Otis (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 C1). A depth map and more fisheries information are available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/hancock/youngs_pond.pdf. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 40 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 8”.
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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