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

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 ice fishing season in Somerset 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 (with some very notable 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 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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Baker Pond covers 50 acres and is located off Drury Road in Solon, Somerset County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 2 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 13”

 

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Indian Pond covers 53 acres and is located next to Butler Pond Road in Lexington Township, Somerset County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 E1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 4 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 13”. Indian Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies during the 2016 ice fishing season!

 

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Lake George covers 335 acres and is located next to Route 2 in Canaan, Somerset County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 21 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 2 brook trout per acre. All these stocked trout measured 13”. This pond was also stocked with 400 rainbow trout (or about 1 trout per acre) measuring 12”.

 

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Morrill Pond covers 134 acres and is located next to Morrill Pond Road in Hartland, Somerset County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 21 B3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 2 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked brook trout measured 13”. The state also stocked 150 brown trout (or about 1 brown trout per acre) measuring 12”. The pot was further sweetened with 35 brown trout measuring 18”.

 

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Smith Pond (a.k.a. Weeks Pond) covers 160 acres and is located off Route 151 in Brighton Plantation (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 D1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 2 brook trout per acre. All of these fish measured 13”. The state also added 400 brown trout (or between 2 and 3 brown trout per acre) measuring 12”.

 

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Wenthworth Pond (a.k.a. Ironbound Pond) covers 213 acres and is located off Ironbound Pond Road in Solon, Somerset County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 E1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall of 2015 with 2 brook trout per acre. All of these fish measured 13”. The state also stocked 400 splake (about 2 splake per acre) measuring 13” and 200 brown trout (about 1 brown trout per acre) measuring 13”. Wenthworth Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound trout during the 2016 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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