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

The TOP brook trout ponds for the 2017 ice fishing season in Washington 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 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.

Your blog author with a nice 16″ brookie

 

 

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Ackley Pond covers 7 acres and is located off East Stream Road in Cutler, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 27 C1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 57 brook trout per acre. All these brookies measured 7”.

 

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East Spectacle Pond covers 5 acres and is located off Schoodic Lake Road in Deblois, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C2). A depth map is not available for this body of water. This pond was stocked in the fall with 40 brook trout per acre. All of these brookies measured 8”.

 

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Goulding Lake covers 17 acres and is located at the end of Western Road in Robbinston, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 37 D1).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 74 brook trout per acre.  All of these brookies measured 7”, except for 75 fish (or about 4 trout per acre) which measured 14”. Goulding Lake offers good odds for catching 1-pound brookies through the ice this winter.

 

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Indian Lake covers 120 acres and is located next to Route 1 in Whiting, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 50 brook trout per acre. All of these brookies measured 7”, except for 200 fish which measured 13” and 35 which measured 17”.

 

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James Pond covers 31 acres and is located to the west of Charlotte Road just north of Round Lake in Charlotte, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 36 D5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 40 brook trout per acre. All of these brookies measured 7”.

 

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Keeley Lake covers 49 acres and is located between Six Mile Lake and Second Marks Lake in Marshfield, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 26 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 22 brook trout per acre. All of these brookies measured 7”, except for 100 fish which measured 13”.

 

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Keene Lake covers 115 acres and is located next to Nash’s Lake Road (off Shatuck Road and Route 1) in Calais, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 37 C1). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 36 brook trout per acre. All of these brookies measured 7”, except for 150 fish which measured 13”.

 

Mic-Mac Pond covers 49 acres and is located next to Hatchery Road in Deblois, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 C2; note: the pond does not appear on the map). A depth map is also not available. This pond was stocked in the fall with 21 brook trout per acre. All of these brookies measured 8”.

 

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Moneymaker Lake covers 32 acres and is located to the east of Nashs Lake off Mount Holley Road in Robbinston, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 37 C1).  Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 28 brook trout per acre. All of these brookies measured 7”.

 

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Montegail Pond covers 170 acres and is located off Montegail Road in T19 MD BPP, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 25 B4).  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 fish measured 8”, except for 175 brookies which measured 14”.

 

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Vining Lake covers 19 acres and is located just west of Lake Cathance off Vining Road in Cooper, Washington County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 36 E3). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond was stocked in the fall with 47 brook trout per acre.  All of these fish measured 7”, except for 50 brookies which neasured 13”.

 

 

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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