TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Cumberland County, Maine

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Cumberland County, Maine that provide the best odds of catching brook trout during the spring of 2016. A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: after all, everything else being equal, the more brook trout that are stocked per acre of pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish! All of these ponds cover less than 50 acres and are therefore relatively small. Trout activity typically peaks between late April and early June, after which the fishing slows down in response to rising surface water temperatures. Some of the ponds described below were stocked last fall but are closed to ice fishing. Others are stocked once early in the spring or several times in April and May. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here for the latest law book about special fishing rules that may apply on these ponds.  Note that the list of TOP brook trout ponds excludes “kids only” ponds.
The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2016 spring fishing season in Cumberland County are listed below in alphabetical order:

Spring fishing for brook trout is a blast!

Spring fishing for brook trout is a blast!

 

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Beaver Pond covers 4 acres and is located behind the Saccarappa Cemetery next to Spring Street and East Valentine Street in Westbrook (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 74 C1, Westbrook). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 55 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 10”.

 

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Chaffin Pond covers 13 acres and is located off Route 302 (next to the Sherwin-Williams paint store) in downtown Windham (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C2). A depth map is not available.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 15 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure about 9”. Note that Chaffin Pond is managed specifically to produce larger trout. As a result, the fishing rules are strict, as follows: (a) artificial lures only and (b) two trout daily bag limit with a minimum length limit of 12” and only one trout may exceed 14”.

 

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Cold Rain Pond covers 38 acres and is located next to Tiger Hill Road off Kimball Corner Road in Naples (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 8 brook trout per acre. The stocked trout measure around 9”. The pond was also stocked last fall with 29 trout per acre, some of which may have survived the ice fishing season and can be caught this spring.

 

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Otter Pond #2 covers 12 acres and is located off Route 35 in Standish (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for directions on how to reach this water body.  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 19 brook trout per acre. These stocked trout measure about 10”. However, the State also spices up this pond in the spring with an average of thirty 17” brook trout (about 3 large trout per acre). Otter Pond #2 provides one of the best odds of catching a lunker brook trout this spring in southern Maine.  The pond was also stocked last fall with 60 trout per acre, some of which may have survived the ice fishing season and can be caught this spring.

 

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Otter Pond #4 (a.k.a. Snake Pond) covers 6 acres and is also located off Route 35 in Standish (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for directions on how to reach this body of water (blog #2935). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with an average of 17 brook trout per acre. These stocked trout measure about 10”. The pond was also stocked last fall with 63 trout per acre, some of which may have survived the ice fishing season and can be caught this spring.

 

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Pineland Pond covers 1 acre and is located right next to Route 231 and Oak Hill Trail by Pineland Farms in New Gloucester (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C4, although the pond itself is not shown on the map. Click on View Map above instead; the pond is to the right of the red pin). Click here for more information about this pond.  A depth map is not available. This pond is stocked in early spring with a total of 200 brook trout per acre! The stocked trout measure about 10”. Note that the entire shoreline of Pineland Pond is free of trees and bushes, which makes it an ideal location for beginners to practice their fly-fishing skills from shore. It’s easy access and tremendous stocking rate also makes it a great pond to introduce kids to trout fishing.

 

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to provide your thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to share your fishing experiences on any of the ponds highlighted in this blog.

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One thought on “TOP Brook Trout Ponds for the 2016 Spring Fishing Season in Cumberland County, Maine

  1. I am a CT resident but I have a home on Echo Lake and I have my Non Res Fishing License. Was hoping to get some late season fishing at Desert Pond and was wondering if anyone has had any luck this year and if so, what flies you were throwing? I am a fly fisherman and will probably try and fish from a kayak. I appreciate the insight you have provided above. Please let me know.

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