TOP brook trout ponds for the 2015 ice fishing season in Androscoggin County, Maine

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2015 ice fishing season in Androscoggin County are highlighted below (in alphabetical order).  A pond is considered “top” based on its stocking density. Simply put, the more trout are packed per acre, the higher the chances of catching them through the ice!

 

For the purpose of this blog, I’ll define a brook trout pond as a body of water with a surface area of less than 100 acres (with some exceptions) which is stocked in the fall with hatchery-reared brook trout to support ice fishing.  These ponds tend to freeze over early in the season and are typically safe to fish well 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.

Keep in mind that the state typically manages these smaller bodies of water 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 here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note also that the list below excludes “kids only” ponds which have their own stocking regime.

 

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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Beaver Park Pond #3 covers 2 acres and is located off Cotton Road in Lisbon, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 A1). A depth map is not available. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with 100 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 7”.

 

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Crystal Lake (a.k.a. Beals Pond) covers 47 acres and is located off Route 4 in Turner, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with 12 brook trout per acre. Most of those stocked trout measured around 7”, but 200 of them (or about 4 brook trout per acre) measured 13”. The pot was further sweetened with 50 brown trout (or about 1 brown trout per acre) measuring 13″ and 20 brown trout measuring 18”.  Crystal Lake offers excellent odds of catching 1.0+ lb trout in a small pond setting during the 2015 ice fishing season.

 

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Worthley Pond covers 42 acres and is located off Route 122 in Poland, Androscoggin County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Click here for directions on how to access this water body. The pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with 37 brook trout per acre. Most of those stocked brook trout measured between 7” and 9”, but 175 of them (or about 4 brook trout per acre) measured 13”, and 21 additional ones (or about 0.5 brook trout per acre) consisted of 17” beauties. The pot was further sweetened with 75 brown trout (or between 1 and 2 brown trout per acre) measuring 13″. Worthley Pond offers excellent odds of catching 1.0+ lb trout in a small pond setting during the 2015 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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