TOP brook trout ponds for the 2014 ice fishing season in Piscataquis 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.  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 Piscataquis County are highlighted below (in alphabetical order).  Only a handful of ponds are listed because most of the smaller water bodies are closed to ice fishing.  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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Doe Pond covers 54 acres and is located off Blanchard Road in Monson, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/doe_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 11 brook trout per acre. Most of these trout measured 7”, but 200 of them (or about 4 trout per acre) measured 13”.

 


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Fifth Debsconeag Lake covers 83 acres and is located well south of Rainbow Lake in Rainbow Township, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 E3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at ww.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/debsconeag_lake_fifth.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 15 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured 7”.

 


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Sawyer Pond covers 67 acres and is located next to Scammon Road in Greenville, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/sawyer_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 11 brook trout per acre. Most of these trout measured 7”, but 350 of them (or about 5 trout per acre) measured 13”. Sawyer Pond offers one of the best odds in Piscataquis County of catching 1.0 lb brook trout in a small pond setting during the 2014 ice fishing season!

 


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Shirley Pond covers 60 acres and is located next to Upper Shirley Corner Road in Shirley, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/shirley_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 6 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured 13”. Shirley Pond offers one of the best odds in Piscataquis County of catching 1.0 lb brook trout in a small pond setting during the 2014 ice fishing season!

 


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Snows Pond covers 21 acres and is located next to Route 153 just north of Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 B2). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/piscataquis/snow’s_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 5 brook trout per acre. All of these 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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