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

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 ice fishing season in Oxford 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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Halls Pond covers 51 acres and is located next to Halls Pond Road off Route 119 in Paris, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 D2).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 23 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked brook trout measured between 8” and 9”, but 104 of them (around 2 brook trout per acre) measured 13”, and an additional 15 brook trout measured 15”. The pot was further sweetened with two batches of 50 brown trout which measured 12” and 18” each (i.e., 1 brown trout per acre for each size). Halls Pond offers good odds of catching trout of 1 pound or bigger during the 2016 ice fishing season. Note that gasoline-powered augers cannot be used on Halls Pond per town ordnance posted along Halls Pond Road, even though this restriction is not mentioned in the state fishing regulations.

 

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Little Clemons Pond covers 25 acres and is located between Route 160 and Notch Road in Hiram, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 39 brook trout per acre.  Most of the stocked trout measured between 8” and 9”, but 104 of them (or about 4 brook trout per acre) measured 13”. Little Clemons Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound trout during the 2016 ice fishing season.

 

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Little Penneseewassee Pond covers 96 acres and is located next to Route 118 (Waterford Road) in Norway, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 12 brook trout per acre. Most of the stocked trout measured between 8” and 9”, but 208 of them (or about 2 brook trout per acre) measured 13”. The state also stocked an additional 100 brown trout (about 1 brown per acre) measuring 13”.  Little Penneseewassee Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound trout during the 2016 ice fishing season.

 

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Trout Pond covers 17 acres and is located to the west of Flat Road in Mason Township, Oxford County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 24 brook trout per acre. All the stocked trout measured 8”.

 

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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