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

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2015 ice fishing season in Cumberland 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 (click here) about special ice fishing rules that may apply on these ponds. I did my utmost best to verify that a particular pond is indeed open for ice fishing, but I make no guarantees whatsoever that my interpretation of the Maine fishing rules is accurate or correct. It is up to each reader of this blog to ensure that a pond listed below can be fished through the ice. Note also that the list excludes “kids only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and fishing rules.

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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Cold Rain Pond covers 38 acres and is located off Kimball Corner Road in Naples, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with 16 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measured around 9”, but 100 of them (or about 3 trout per acre) measured 13”. Access to this pond is down Tiger Hill Road. Beware that this road is not plowed in the winter.

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Otter Pond #2 covers 12 acres and is located next to an old railroad track off Route 35 in Standish, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with 68 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measured around 9”, but 137 of them (or about 11 trout per acre) measured 13”, whereas 21 of them (or about 2 trout per acre) consisted of 15” fish.  Ample parking is available on both sides of the bridge over the railroad tracks on Route 35. Otter Pond #2 offers excellent odds of catching brook trout weighing between 1 and 2 pounds in a small pond setting in Cumberland County during the 2015 ice fishing season!

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Otter Pond #4 (also called Snake Pond) covers 6 acres and is located behind a wooded knoll across from Otter Pond #2 in Standish, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with 71 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measured around 9”, but 82 of them (or about 14 trout per acre!) measured 13”, whereas 16 of them (or between 2 and 3 trout per acre) consisted of 15” fish.  Ample parking is available on both sides of the bridge over the railroad tracks on Route 35. Otter Pond #4 offers excellent odds of catching brook trout weighing between 1 and 2 pounds in a small pond setting in Cumberland County during the 2015 ice fishing season!

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Upper Hinkley Pond covers 3 acres and is located in Hinkley Park off Highland Avenue in South Portland, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 3 A4).  A depth map is not available. This urban pond was stocked in the fall of 2014 with 157 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measured between 7” and 9”, but 50 of them (or about 17 trout per acre!) measured 13”.  Beware that Lower Hinkley Pond, which is the first body of water visible from the parking lot, is a “kids only” pond.  Upper Hinkley Pond is located further up the hill and offers excellent odds of catching 1-pound brook trout in a small pond setting in Cumberland County 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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