Fishing for largemouth bass is a cherished summer activity for many fishermen in southern Maine. The desired quietness and loneliness, however, can be rudely impacted by the unwelcome hustle and bustle of jet skiers, swimmers, speed boaters, other fishermen, or general shore activity. My goal was to find, and share with you, hidden largemouth bass fishing spots scattered throughout Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln Counties. I focused on smaller ponds less than about 50 acres in size, located mostly off the beaten track but still readily accessible by car (no need for 4X4 driving or hiking through the woods!). I also avoided ponds with excessive shore development. A small motorized boat could be launched on a few of these ponds, but most are fishable only by hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak.
Bradley Pond is a 34-acre body of water located in Lovell, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D2). The pond is accessible via an unimproved, town-owned public launch. Drive south on Route 5 towards Center Lovell. Turn left on Bradley Pond Road just before reaching North Lovell. Drive for 0.8 miles on this well-maintained gravel road and keep right at the split. Go for another 0.2 miles. The public launch is on the left, across from a big house. Note that motorboats are prohibited on this pond and that only small hand-carried craft can be launched from the access point.
Proctor Pond is a 45-acre body of water located in Albany Township, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 D3). Public access is a challenge. It took me a good 45 minutes of driving all around the pond to find a way in. The reason is that much of the waterfront is privately owned, plus the pond is surrounded by a dense network of gravel roads, four wheeler roads, and snowmobile trails which seemingly go everywhere and nowhere. An easier way in may exist than the one explained below; if so, please feel free to share that information in the comment section at the end of this blog.
Webber Pond is a 32-acre body of water located in Sweden, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 E3). Drive north on Route 93 towards Sweden. Turn left on Webber Pond Road. The pond will appear on the left side after about 1.5 miles (past Beaver Dam Road). Look for mailbox #150. The way into the pond is across from that mailbox. Beware that the trail is blocked by big boulders. Only small portable boats such as canoes or kayaks have access to the pond and need to be carried in for about 300 ft. I did not see any “No Trespassing” signs on the trail and so assume that this is a legitimate way in. A public boat launch is not available.
Pickerel Pond is a 40-acre body of water located in Denmark, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B4). Drive north on Route 107 towards Bridgeton and turn left on Swamp Road. Turn right at the stop sign after about 1 mile and continue for 0.8 miles on Hancock Pond Road. Veer right at the dirt road and go straight for several 100 ft. The pond will appear on the right and is accessible via a rough boat launch on its southwestern corner. The launch can only accommodate small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak. A public boat launch is not available.
Spectacle Pond #1 is a 57-acre body of water located in Porter, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2. Note also that on the attached Google Map above, the target pond is the one just below the red pin). Drive north from South Hiram/Kezar Falls unto Spec Pond Road. Follow this road for about 1.0 mile. The pond can be accessed two different ways, as follows: (a) Drive up to mailbox #50 (located just before Little Lane) on Spec Pond Road and turn right on the open area, from which a rough forest road snakes it way towards the pond. I say “snake” because the road is narrow and curvy and is hemmed in by small trees at several locations. I didn’t try to drive my small car down it, but I suspect that a larger pickup truck may have more trouble getting through. The road ends at a sandy area with a fire pit overlooking the pond. (b) Stay on Spec Pond Road and drive past Little Lane for just under 0.2 miles. A rough foot path shoots down towards the pond on the right. Park your vehicle on the shoulder of the road.
Spectacle Pond #2 is a 45-acre body of water located in Porter, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2). Drive north from South Hiram/Kezar Falls unto Spec Pond Road. Follow this road for about 1.2 miles and look for a white house with a big white barn (mail box # 154) at the point where the road turns to thread its way between the two Spectacle Ponds. Pond #2 is on the left. The rough access point is located less than 0.1 mile passed the white house. It can accommodate a few parked cars. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be put in the water. A public boat launch is not available.
Little Clemons Pond is a 25-acre body of water located in Hiram, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Drive north on Route 160 from South Hiram. The pond will appear on your right-hand side, just after passing Notch Road. The pond is accessible via a rough launch by the road. Cars can be parked on the shoulder. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be put in the water from this access point. A public boat launch is not available.