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

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2017 ice fishing season in Waldo County are highlighted below.  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 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.

 

Your blog author with a nice 16″ brookie

 

 

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Dutton Pond covers 36 acres and is located next to Dutton Pond Road off Route 137 in Knox, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 A3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 17 brook trout per acre. Half of these brook trout measured between 12” and 14”, whereas the other half measured 7”. The state also stocked an additional 50 brown trout measuring 12”. This already delicious pot was further sweetened by an extra 20 brook trout measuring 18”! Dutton Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter.

 

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Levenseller Pond covers 34 acres and is located next to Route 173 in Searsmont, Waldo County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 C3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 35 brook trout per acre. Three quarters of these trout measured between 8” and 9”, whereas the rest measured 14”.  This already delicious pot was further sweetened by an extra 25 brook trout consisting of 18” beauties. Levenseller Pond offers good odds of catching 1-pound 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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