TOP 6 Brook Trout Ponds for the 2015 Spring Fishing Season in Cumberland County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP 6 ponds in Cumberland County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2015. A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: after all, everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of water, 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 early June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures.

Some ponds were stocked in the fall of 2014 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. Click here to consult the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds. 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 6 brook trout ponds for the 2015 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, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 61 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 (next to the Sherwin-Williams paint store) in downtown 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 in the spring with an average of 19 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure between 9” and 10”.

 

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Cold Rain Pond covers 38 acres and is located next to Tiger Hill Road off Kimball Corner Road in Naples (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 10 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure between 9” and 10”. The pond was also stocked in the fall of 2014 with 16 trout per acre, some of which presumably survived the ice fishing season and can be caught this spring.

 

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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 directions on how to reach this water body. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 23 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”. However, the State also spices up this pond with an average of thirty 16” to 18” brook trout (about 2.5 large trout per acre). Otter Pond #2 provides one of the best odds of catching a lunker brook trout in the spring of 2015 in southern Maine. The pond was also stocked in the fall of 2014 with 68 trout per acre, some of which presumably survived the ice fishing season and can be caught this spring.

 

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Otter Pond #4 (a.k.a. Snake Pond) covers 6 acres and is also located off Route 35 in Standish (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for directions on how to reach this body of water. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond is stocked in the spring with an average of 21 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”. The pond was also stocked in the fall of 2014 with 71 trout per acre, some of which presumably survived the ice fishing season and can be caught this spring.

 

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Pineland Pond covers 1 acre and is located right next to Route 231 by Pineland Farms in New Gloucester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C4, although the pond itself is not shown on the map). Click here for more information. A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked in the spring with a total of 448 brook trout per acre! The stocked trout measure about 10”. Note that 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. It’s easy access and tremendous stocking rate also makes it a great pond to introduce kids to trout fishing.

 

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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