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

This blog identifies the TOP ponds in Piscataquis 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!  Most 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.
Most of these ponds were stocked last fall but were closed to ice fishing. As a result, their trout will have had another 7 or 8 months to put on some weight. The rest are stocked once or several times in the spring. More details are provided in the stocking reports compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Click here to consult 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 Piscataquis County are as follows:

 

Spring fishing for brook trout is a blast!

Spring fishing for brook trout is a blast!

 

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Big Murphy Pond covers 15 acres and is located in Rainbow Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 E2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 35 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 8”. Note that Big Murphy Pond is managed specifically to produce larger trout. As a result, the fishing rules are strict, as follows: (a) artificial lures only and (b) a two-trout daily bag limit with a minimum length limit of 10” and only one trout may exceed 12”.

 

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Carry Pond covers 17 acres and is located next to the Golden Road just east of Ripogenus Dam in T3 R11 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 29 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure about 8”.

 

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Garland Pond covers 28 acres and is located next to Parson Landing Road in Sebec (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 B3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 46 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked brook trout measured 8”. The pond was also spiced up last fall with 14 splake per acre, all of which measured 7”.

 

Gravel Pit Pond covers 2 acres and is located off Railroad Bed Road in Moosehead Junction Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D2, but the pond is not shown).  A depth map is not available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked several times in the spring with a combined total of 375 brook trout per acre. Those fish measure about 10”. It was also stocked last fall with an additional 125 brook trout per acre measuring 13″.

 

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Grindstone Pond covers 26 acres and is located next to Grindstone Pond Road in Willimantic (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 A5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 33 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 7”. The pond was also spiced up last fall with  8 splake per acre, all of which also measured 7”.

 

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Little Pillsbury Pond covers 45 acres and is located off Haymock Road in T8 R11 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 56 D3).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 33 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measured 7”.

 

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Long Bog covers 10 acres and is located in Shawtown Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 42 B1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 30 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 8”.

 

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McLellan Pond covers 14 acres and is located in Elliotsville Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E3). A depth map is not available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, was stocked last fall with 24 brook trout per acre. All of the stocked trout measured 7”. Note that McLellan Pond is managed specifically to produce monster trout. As a result, the fishing rules are strict, as follows: (a) artificial lures only and (b) a one-trout daily bag limit with a minimum length limit of 18”.

 

Power Trout Pond covers 1 acre and is located off Railroad Bed Road (just north of Scott Road) in Moosehead Junction Township (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E2, but the pond is not shown).  No depth map is available. This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked several times in the spring with a combined total of 500 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure 10”.

 

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Round Pond covers 8 acres and is located next to the Park Tote Road in Baxter State Park in T2 R9 WELS (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51 D1).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is closed to ice fishing, is stocked in the spring with 34 brook trout per acre.  All of the stocked trout measure 6”.

 

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Snows Pond covers 21 acres and is located next to Route 153 in Dover-Foxcroft (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 B2).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.  This pond, which is open to ice fishing, is stocked several times in spring with a combined total of 24 brook trout per acre measuring between 9” and 10”. This pond was also stocked last fall with 10 brook trout per acre, with half measuring 8″ and the other half measuring 13″. Some of these fish may have survived the ice fishing season and would be available to be caught this spring.

 

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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