TOP brook trout ponds for the 2017 ice fishing season in Piscataquis County, Maine

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2017 ice fishing season in Piscataquis 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 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 fishing regulations about special 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 fishing only” ponds which have their own stocking regime and rules.

 

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Branns Mill Pond covers 271 acres and is located next to Notch Road in Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 C2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 6 brook trout per acre. All of the brook trout measured 13”. The state also stocked an additional 75 brookies measuring 17”. Branns Mill Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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Doe Pond covers 54 acres and is located off Blanchard Road in Monson, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 4 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured 13”. Doe Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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First Davis Pond covers 128 acres and is located off Route 150 (Blaine Avenue) in North Guilford, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 5 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured 13”. First Davies Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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Hebron Lake covers 525 acres and is located next to Routes 6 and 15 in Monson, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 31 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 16 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured between 7” and 8’.
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Norton Pond covers 24 acres and is located off Schoodic Lake Road in Brownville, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 42 E5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 5 brook trout per acre. Most of these trout measured 13”. The state also stocked an additional 10 brook trout measuring 17”. Norton Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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Sawyer Pond covers 67 acres and is located next to Scammon Road in Greenville, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 5 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured 13”. Sawyer Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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Shirley Pond covers 60 acres and is located next to Upper Shirley Corner Road in Shirley, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 E2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 5 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured 13”. Shirley Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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Snows Pond covers 21 acres and is located next to Route 153 just north of Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 32 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 5 brook trout per acre. All of these trout measured 13”. Snows Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter!

 

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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