The Hottest Brook Trout Ponds for the Spring of 2013 in Cumberland County, Maine

This blog identifies the ponds in Cumberland County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2013. Most of these ponds cover less than 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Some ponds could be fished from shore, but most are best fished from a canoe or other small craft. The 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 fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures.

The hottest brook trout ponds in Cumberland County for the spring of 2013 are highlighted below in alphabetical order.  A pond is considered HOT due to its trout stocking density: after all, everything else being equal, the more brook trout are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

Some ponds were stocked in the fall of 2012 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 here.

Always consult the latest law book (click here) about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.

The hottest brook trout ponds for the 2013 spring fishing season in Cumberland County are as follows:

 

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Beaver Pond covers 4 acres and is located behind the Saccarappa Cemetery next to Spring Street and East Valentine Street in Westbrook (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 74 C1, Westbrook). A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked once in the spring with an average of 50 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Chaffin Pond covers 13 acres and is located off Route 302 (just south of Anglers Road) in Windham (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C2). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked once in the spring with an average of 15 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Otter Pond #2 covers 12 acres and is located off Route 35 in Standish (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is located on the right-hand side of the railroad tracks when you walk in from Route 35, is stocked once in the spring with an average of 19 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”. The State also spices up this pond with an average of 30 17” to 18” brood stock brook trout (about 2.5 large trout per acre). Otter Pond #2 provides one of the best odds of catching a 3 lbs brook trout in the spring in this part of the state.

 

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Otter Pond #4 covers 6 acres and is also located off Route 35 in Standish (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, also known as “Snake Pond”, is stocked once in the spring with an average of 17 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Pineland Pond covers 1 acre and is located right next to Route 231 (Intervale Road) by Pineland Farms in New Gloucester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C4). A depth map is not available. Note that the attached Google map above shows the Pineland visitors center instead of the pond because Pineland Pond (lower right-hand corner) is not officially named. This pond is stocked twice in the spring with a total of 350 brook trout per acre! The stocked trout measure about 10”. The entire shoreline of Pineland Pond is free of trees and bushes, which makes it an ideal location for beginners to practice their fly-fishing skills.

 

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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