TOP brook trout ponds for the 2014 ice fishing season in York 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 York 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.

Always consult the fishing 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. 

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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Deer Pond covers 32 acres and is located between Route 117 and Plains Road in Hollis, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 A5). Directions on how to access this body of water are available from amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=107. A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/deer_pond.pdf. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with a total of 22 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked brook trout measured around 9”, but 100 of them (or about 3 trout per acre) measured 13”.  The pot was further sweetened by an additional 100 brown trout (or about 3 trout per acre) measuring 14”.

 


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Knights Pond covers 49 acres and is located off Knights Pond Road in South Berwick, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 E3). A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/knight_pond.pdf. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with a total of 18 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked brook trout measured around 9”, but about 100 of them (or about 2 trout per acre) measured 13”, whereas 15 of them (or about 0.3 trout per acre) consisted of 18” beauties.

 


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Littlefield Pond covers 23 acres and is located off Elm Street in Sanford, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C3).  Directions on how to access this body of water are available from amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=206.  A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/littlefield_pond.pdf.   The pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with a total of 37 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked brook trout measured around 9”, but 150 of them (or about 7 trout per acre) measured 13”.

 


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Parker Pond covers 26 acres and is located off Mast Road in Lyman, York County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5).  Directions on how to access this body of water are available from amazingfishametric.com/blog/?p=885. A depth map and more fisheries information can be obtained at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/lakesurvey_maps/york/parker_barker_pond.pdf. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2013 with a total of 37 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measured 9”, but 200 of them (or about 8 trout per acre) measured 13”, whereas 15 of them (or about 0.6 trout per acre) consisted of 18” beauties.  Parker Pond provides  one of the best odds in York County of catching 1.0 lb and 2.5 lb  brookies 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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