TOP brook trout ponds for the 2014 ice fishing season in Oxford County, Maine

For the purpose of this blog, I’ll define a brook trout pond as a body of water less than 50 acres in size (well, give or take…) which is stocked in the fall with hatchery-reared brook trout to support ice fishing.  These small ponds freeze over early in the season and are typically safe to fish several weeks before the bigger lakes become accessible.  This provides a real opportunity for hot early-season action for those of us (myself included!) who just can’t wait to catch brookies through the ice.

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2014 ice fishing season in Oxford County are highlighted below (in alphabetical order).  A pond is considered “top” based on its stocking density: the more trout are stocked per acre, the higher the chances of catching them. Note that the list is rather short because most of the smaller ponds which are stocked in the fall are closed to ice fishing.

Keep in mind that the state typically manages these smaller ponds as winter “put-and-take” fisheries.  As a result, they get a lot of pressure early in the season and may be largely fished out within a few weeks.  But by then the bigger lakes have frozen over and the ice fishing action moves elsewhere. 

Always consult the latest regulations (available at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/regulations_seasons/index.htm) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  I have done my utmost best to verify that a particular pond is indeed open for ice fishing, but I make no guarantees that my interpretation of the Maine fishing rules is accurate or correct. It is up to each individual reader of this blog to ensure that a pond listed below can be fished through the ice. Note also that the list below excludes “kids only” ponds. 

Finally, 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 600+ ponds and lakes stocked annually throughout Maine.

 

 


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Halls Pond covers 51 acres and is located next to Halls Pond Road off Route 119 in Paris, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 D2).  A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/hall_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 24 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measured between 7” and 9”, but 250 of them (around 5 trout per acre) measured between 13” and 14”, and an additional 15 fish consisted of 18” beauties. The pot was further sweetened with two batches of 50 brown trout that measured 14” and 18” each (i.e., 1 brown trout per acre for each size). Note that gasoline-powered augers are not allowed to be used on Halls Pond per town ordnance posted along Halls Pond Road, even though this restriction is not mentioned in the state fishing regulations.

 


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Little Clemons Pond covers 25 acres and is located between Route 160 and Notch Road in Hiram, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/clemmons_pond_little.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 20 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measured around 9”, but 100 of them (or about 4 brook trout per acre) measured 13”.

 


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Trout Pond covers 17 acres and is located to the west of Flat Road in Mason Township, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 B2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/oxford/trout_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 16 brook trout per acre. All the stocked trout measured 6”

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to share your thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to discuss your fishing experiences at these locations.

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