TOP brook trout ponds for the 2014 ice fishing season in Waldo 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 two TOP brook trout ponds for the 2014 ice fishing season in Waldo County are highlighted below.  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 the list below excludes “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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Dutton Pond covers 36 acres and is located next to Dutton Pond Road off Route 137 in Knox, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 A3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/waldo/dutton_pond_knox.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 19 brook trout per acre. Most of those trout measured 7”, but 300 of them (or about 8 trout per acre) measured between 12” and 13”. An additional 30 brook trout (or about 1 trout per acre) consisted of 19” beauties. This already delicious pot was further sweetened by an extra 10 brown trout (or about 0.3 trout per acre) measuring 24”!! Dutton Pond offers one of the best opportunities in the south coastal region of Maine of catching 1.0 lb and 3.0 lb brook trout in a small pond setting during the 2014 ice fishing season.

 


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Levenseller Pond covers 34 acres and is located next to Route 173 in Searsmont, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/waldo/levenseller_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 21 brook trout per acre. Most of the trout measured 7”, but 300 of them (or about 9 trout per acre) measured between 13” and 14”. An additional 30 brook trout (or about 0.9 trout per acre) consisted of 19” beauties.  Levenseller Pond offers one of the best opportunities in the south coastal region of Maine of catching 1.0 lb and 3.0 lb brook trout in a small pond setting during the 2014 ice fishing season.

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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