TOP brook trout ponds for the 2014 ice fishing season in Penobscot 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 which is stocked in the fall with hatchery-reared brook trout to support ice fishing.  Such 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 Penobscot County are highlighted below (in alphabetical order).  Only a handful of ponds are listed because most of the water bodies open to ice fishing in Penobscot County exceed 50 acres.  A pond is considered “TOP” based on its stocking density: the more trout are stocked per acre, the higher the chances of catching them.

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 I have excluded “kids only” ponds which have their own stocking regime.

Keep in mind that these smaller ponds are typically managed 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 are frozen over and the action moves elsewhere.

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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Carry Pond covers 15 acres  and is located to the northeast of Grand Lake Seboeis in Township T8 R7 WELS, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 57 C4). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/penobscot/carry_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 9 brook trout per acre. All the stocked trout measured 6”.

 


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Trout Pond covers 20 acres and is located between Cold Stream Pond and Eskutassis Pond in Lowell, Penobscot County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 34 B1). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/penobscot/trout_pond_lowell.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 10 brook trout per acre. All the stocked trout measured 12”.

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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