Trout fishing in stocked ponds in Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is the premier wilderness destination in northern Maine for hiking, fishing, and camping. The park is home to several dozen ponds that support healthy native brook trout populations (click here for details on an awesome trans Baxter State Park hiking and fishing trip).  The State of Maine also stocks hatchery trout every year in seven designated ponds in the Park to improve the fishing experience. These ponds, and their trout stocking rates, are the subject of this blog.

Note that Baxter State Park rents out canoes ($8/day) on four of the stocked ponds (see below for details). I highly recommend to take advantage of this opportunity because fishing from a canoe will greatly enhance the whole experience, particularly when fly-fishing or trolling (if allowed). Inquire with the Park headquarters about canoe rentals when booking your reservation. Click here for more information on this subject. You’ll need to make arrangements beforehand in order to pick up and drop off the keys to unlock the padlocks on the canoes.

 

Finally, restrictive fishing rules apply on many of these stocked ponds in order to protect the resource. Click here to download the latest copy of the fishing laws and regulations. I summarized the rules that apply for each pond for the 2012-2013 season, but make sure to check the most recent rule book because regulations can and do change.

 

 

The following seven ponds in Baxter State Park are stocked each year with trout:

 

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Abol Pond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D5) is located off Park Tote Road about three miles from Togue Pond Gate (the southern entrance to the park), and is directly accessible by car. The pond, which covers 70 acres, is relatively shallow with an average depth of 6 ft. The state stocks this pond with an average of 7 brook trout per acre in the spring. A canoe rental is NOT available on Abol Pond. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

The fishing rules for Abol Pond are as follows: Open-water fishing is allowed from April 1 to September 30. It is prohibited to use or possess live bait, but fishing is allowed with dead fish, salmon eggs, worms, artificial lures, or flies. The daily bag limit on trout during this period is two fish, with a minimum length of 6”. The pond remains open to fishing with artificial lures from October 1 to November 30, during which time all trout must be released at once. Abol Pond is closed to ice fishing.

 

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Billfish Pond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51 A2) is the second of five ponds located along the “Five Ponds Trail” which starts at Trout Brook Farm on the Park Tote Road about three miles west of Matagamon Gate (the northern entrance to the park).  This picturesque and remote hike-in pond covers 70 acres, with a maximum and average depth of 84 ft and 24 ft, respectively. The state stocks this pond with an average of 2 brook trout per acre in the fall. A canoe is available for rent from Baxter State Park via prior arrangements (you need a key to unlock the padlock). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

The fishing rules for Billfish Pond are as follows: Open-water fishing is allowed from April 1 to September 30. It is prohibited to use or possess live bait, but fishing is allowed with dead fish, salmon eggs, worms, artificial lures, or flies. The daily bag limit on trout in Billfish Pond during this period is two fish, as follows: (a) minimum length limit is 10 inches, and (b) only one of the two trout may exceed 12 inches. The pond remains open to fishing with artificial lures from October 1 to November 30, during which time all trout must be released at once. Billfish Pond is closed to ice fishing.

 

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Celia Pond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D4) is a remote, hike-in pond located to the west of Nesowadnehunk Stream in the extreme southwestern corner of Baxter State Park. This gem of a pond covers 8 acres, with a maximum and average depth of 17 ft and 5 ft, respectively. It is accessible via a trail from nearby Kidney Pond.  The state stocks this pond with an average of 13 brook trout per acre in the fall. A canoe is available for rent from Baxter State Park via prior arrangements (you need a key to unlock the padlock). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

The fishing rules for Celia Pond are strict in order to maintain the outstanding quality of its brook trout fishery. Open-water fishing is allowed from April 1 to September 30 but by fly fishing only. The daily bag limit on trout in Celia Pond during this period is one fish with a minimum length limit of 18 inches! The pond remains open to fly fishing from October 1 to November 30, during which time all trout must be released at once. Celia Pond is closed to ice fishing.

 

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Draper Pond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50 D4) is located a short hiking distance from the Park Tote Road in the extreme southwestern corner of Baxter State Park, not far from Celia Pond. This pond covers 10 acres, with a maximum and average depth of 12 ft and 5 ft, respectively. The state stocks this pond with an average of 8 brook trout per acre in the fall. A canoe is available for rent from Baxter State Park via prior arrangements (you need a key to unlock the padlock). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

The fishing rules for Draper Pond are strict in order to maintain the outstanding quality of the brook trout fishery. Open-water fishing is allowed from April 1 to September 30 but by fly fishing only. The daily bag limit on trout in Draper Pond during this period is two fish, as follows: (a) minimum length limit is 12 inches, and (b) only one of the two trout may exceed 14 inches. The pond remains open to fly fishing from October 1 to November 30, during which time all trout must be released at once. Draper Pond is closed to ice fishing.

 

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Lower Togue Pond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51 E1) is located about one mile south of Togue Pond Gate (the southern entrance to the Park) on the right when driving towards the gate, and is directly accessible by car. This body of water covers 384 acres, with a maximum and mean depth of 53 ft and 17 ft, respectively. The state stocks this pond with an average of 1 splake per acre in the spring. A splake is a hybrid species, produced by crossing a male brook trout with a female lake trout. A canoe is NOT available for rent from Baxter State Park. A motor boat up to 10 horse power is allowed on the lake. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

The fishing rules for Lower Togue Pond are as follows. Open-water fishing is allowed from April 1 to September 30, and the use of live bait is allowed. The daily bag limit on trout during this period is two fish, as follows: (a) minimum length limit is 12 inches, and (b) only one of the two trout may exceed 14 inches. The pond remains open to fishing from October 1 to December 31 using artificial lures only, during which time all trout must be released at once. Lower Togue Pond is also open to ice fishing.

 

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Rocky Pond (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51 D1) is located on the left off the Park Tote Road, less than two miles from Togue Pond Gate (the southern entrance to the Park). The pond, which is visible from the road, covers 10 acres and has a maximum and average depth of 8 ft and 4 ft, respectively. The state stocks this pond with an average of 30 brook trout per acre in the spring. A canoe rental is NOT available from Baxter State Park. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

The fishing rules for Rocky Pond are as follows: Open-water fishing is allowed from April 1 to September 30. It is prohibited to use or possess live bait, but fishing is allowed with dead fish, salmon eggs, worms, artificial lures, or flies. The daily bag limit on trout during this period is two fish, with a minimum length of 6”. The pond remains open to fishing with artificial lures from October 1 to November 30, during which time all trout must be released at once. Rocky Pond is closed to ice fishing.

 

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Round Pond, also known as Caverly Pond, is located on the right off the Park Tote Road, less than two miles from Togue Pond Gate (the southern entrance to the Park). The pond is located right across the road from Rocky Pond. Round Pond covers 8 acres, with a maximum and average depth of 19 ft and 8 ft, respectively. The state stocks this pond with an average of 25 brook trout per acre in the spring. A canoe rental is NOT available from Baxter State Park. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

The fishing rules for Round Pond are as follows: Open-water fishing is allowed from April 1 to September 30. It is prohibited to use or possess live bait, but fishing is allowed with dead fish, salmon eggs, worms, artificial lures, or flies. The daily bag limit on trout during this period is two fish, with a minimum length of 6”. The pond remains open to fishing with artificial lures from October 1 to November 30, during which time all trout must be released at once. Round Pond is closed to ice fishing.

 

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