TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 ice fishing season in Hancock County, Maine

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 ice fishing season in Hancock 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 about 100 acres 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 early-action opportunities for those of us (myself included!) who just can’t wait to get the hard-water fishing season going. Click here for tips to increase your chances of catching more 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.

 

It is recommended to consult the latest law book (click here for details) 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 convoluted Maine fishing rules is accurate or correct. It is up to each reader of this blog to ensure that the ponds listed below can be fished through the ice by checking the regulations.

 

Note also that the list below excludes “kids only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and special fishing rules.

 

Your blog author with a 16" brookie jigged through the ice.

Your blog author with a 16″ brookie jigged through the ice.

 

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Anderson Pond covers 16 acres and is located in Township T10 SD, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 16 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured about 9”.

 

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Bubble Pond covers 32 acres and is located off the Park Loop Road in the township of Bar Harbor (Acadia National Park), Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 20 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measured 8”, but 50 of them (between 1 and 2 trout per acre) measured 13”.

 

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Lake Wood covers 16 acres and is located off Crooked Road in Bar Harbor, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 38 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 8”.

 

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Little Tunk Lake covers 141 acres and is located off route 183 (Tunk Lake Road) in Sullivan, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 18 brook trout per acre. All the stocked trout measured 8”.

 

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Lovejoy Pond covers 40 acres and is located in T34 MD, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and gazetteer map 34 E5). Click here for a depth map and fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 22 brook trout per acre. Most of the brook trout measured 7”, but 75 of them (or about 2 trout per acre) measured 13”.

 

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Lower Hadlock Pond covers 39 acres and is located on Hadlock Pond Road off Route 3/198 in Mount Desert (Acadia National Park), Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 19 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measured 8”, but 75 of them (or about 2 trout per acre) measured 13”. The pot was further sweetened by the addition of 35 brook trout (about 1 trout per acre) measuring 20”!

 

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Rainbow Pond covers 17 acres and is located between Tunk Lake and Donnell Pond in Township T10 SD, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 24 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 43 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured around 7”.

 

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Tilden Pond covers 36 acres and is located in Township T10 SD, Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 37 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured around 7”.

 

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Witch Hole Pond covers 28 acres and is located off Paradise Hill Road in the township of Bar Harbor (Acadia National Park), Hancock County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B4). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 42 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measured 8”, but 50 of them (or about two trout per acre) measured 13”.

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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