Trout fishing on Pierce Pond Stream in Carrying Place Township, Maine (May 26, 2014)

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One of the many spectacular water falls on Pierce Pond Stream

One of the many spectacular water falls on Pierce Pond Stream

Pierce Pond Stream flows for about 3.5 miles between Pierce Pond and the Kennebec River (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 B2). We explore this stream during our annual Memorial Day weekend fishing trip on Pierce Pond. We motor over from Cobb’s Camp and tie up at the Harrison Camp landing at the dam by the outlet. We find the Appalachian Trail (AT) which runs parallel to the stream and explore this natural beauty for about 1 mile downstream from the dam. Google Maps shows that Otter Pond Road provides direct driving access to the stream (note that The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer calls it Bowtown Road). This road, as viewed from the bridge over the stream, looks like a well-maintained gravel road.

 

 

 

 

 

Joel and Salvy trying to entice a brookie using dry flies

Joel and Salvy trying to entice a brookie using dry flies

 

 

Pierce Pond Stream is a MOST SPECTACULAR piece of natural real estate in this corner of the state. The width of the stream ranges from less than 10 ft to well over 30 ft, depending on location and topography. The water depth ranges from less than 1 ft in the riffles to well over 4 ft (assumed…) in the pools. The stream drops an average of about 200 ft for every stream mile. This large gradient creates a series of impressive waterfalls. However, even though long stretches consist of fast-flowing shallow riffles and roaring falls, the stream has plenty of deeper pools that hold trout. The substrate consists entirely of bedrock, boulders, cobble and gravel. The surface water, which represents Pierce Pond outflow, is clean and crystal clear. The forest canopy is unbroken on either side of the stream. The falls and the pools are easily accessible from the AT.

 

There's got to be trout living in this beautiful habitat!

There’s got to be trout living in this beautiful habitat!

The fact that Pierce Pond Stream holds wild brook trout is a minor biological miracle given that most of the pools are bracketed by serious waterfalls on either end. The stream is not stocked by the state, which means that the trout originated from Pierce Pond further upstream and dropped over the dam before being swept down. The native brookies in the stream are typically small (< 8”) but hardy and feisty. The fishing rules for Pierce Pond Stream fall under the General Law Provisions which can be summarized as follows: (a) open to fishing between April 1 and August 15 using both live bait and artificial lures and with a bag limit of 5 trout with a minimum length of 6“, (b) open to fishing between August 16 and September 30 using artificial lures only and with a bag limit of only one trout, and (c) closed to fishing between October 1 and March 31. Click here for more information on the rules applicable to this body of water.

 

 

 

A nice stretch of deep, quiet water on Pierce Pond Stream

A nice stretch of deep, quiet water on Pierce Pond Stream

The water level in the stream during our visit in late May looks “normal”. Keep in mind that this stream can become a dangerous roaring torrent when more water flows over the Pierce Pond Dam during snowmelt or after a serious storm event. Conversely, the stream becomes more of a trickle in the depth of summer when the lake level drops. Also, the water entering the stream flows over (not under) the dam at the outlet. Therefore, the surface water temperature in the stream likely becomes uncomfortably warm for trout in the summer which makes the fish lethargic. My guess is that the best brook trout fishing on Pierce Pond Stream occurs between mid-May and mid-June, and again in late September before the season closes.

 

 

 

 

Pierce Pond Stream provides diverse habitat for the native brook trout population

Pierce Pond Stream provides diverse habitat for the native brook trout population

So, how do I rate the segment of Pierce Pond Stream between the Pierce Pond Dam and about 1 mile further downstream? I give it a resounding A for its outstanding trout habitat, spectacular setting, and general beauty of the surrounding area. The pools are easily accessible and wadable; some of them can be fly fished, whereas others are better fished using a small spinner. The fishing pressure is low given the remote setting. Let’s put it this way: four of us explored the stream for 2 hours on Memorial Day in Late May and we did not encounter another soul… The only negative is that the stream is unlikely to support many lunker brook trout, but that is fully compensated by the sheer beauty of the place.

 

 

 

 

 

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 this location.

 

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