The larger baitfish targets bass, while the smaller baitfish targets brook trout
Littlefield Pond covers 19 acres and is located in Sanford, York County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 C3). The public access point is on Emmons Road (off Littlefield Road) right before the two signs that state “Private Road”. Parking is on the shoulders. Emmons Road is a drivable dirt road but I do not know how well it is plowed after a snow storm. I have no problem driving on it today because it hasn’t snowed significantly over the last two weeks and the temperatures have been rather mild lately. Hence, the road is largely snow-free and parking is not an issue. Earlier in the week, while planning for this weekend fishing trip, my eight-year old grandson Giovanni confided that he really wanted to ice fish for “eating fish”, i.e., trout. I decide to give him his wish by selecting a pond which was well stocked with brook trout last fall.
The boy scout troop to which my nephew Christian belongs is having a winter camp-out at Camp Hinds located on beautiful Panther Pond in Raymond, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B2). The boys are sleeping two nights in cabins and spending part of Saturday ice fishing. Previously, the leaders asked for volunteers to bring tip-ups, power augers, baitfish, and other gear to share with the kids. I can’t think of a better way of spending my Saturday morning than to express my love for hard-water angling and help kids get hooked on fishing!
This blog presents the kids fishing-only ponds in Maine that were stocked with trout last fall with the specific goal of encouraging youngsters to enjoy ice fishing during the winter of 2017. Be aware that these special ponds are governed by strict and convoluted rules regarding opening dates, use of bait fish, number of lines allowed, and daily bag limit, among others! It is strongly encouraged to consult the latest law book when planning a fishing trip to one of these ponds.
The purpose of these unique set-aside ponds is to provide a reasonably quick and assured way for youngsters to catch trout through the ice. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to what may blossom into a life-long passion for fishing and the outdoors. I can’t think of a better means to redirect fledgling minds away from the corroding effects of electronic devices and social media!
The 10 am “shadow line” along the eastern shoreline of Savade Pond. Note the sharp contrast between the bright light and the dark shoreline.
Savade Pond covers 42 acres and is located off Greeley Road in Windsor, Kennebec County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C3). I get out of bed at 4:30 am in order to reach this pond by 6:45 am (sunrise this morning occurs at 7:15 am) with the goal to start fishing “at the crack ‘o dawn”! I identified this pond as a prime destination in Kennebec County for catching 1-lb brookies through the ice this winter. It is also one of a handful of elite ponds in Maine with a reasonable potential for catching an 18+” brood stock trout. That’s enough incentive for me to put in extra effort to arrive early! The pond is reached via a boat launch which is clearly marked on Greeley Road. The access road is gated but the gate is open when I arrive at 6:50 am. Ample parking is available by the pond. Note that I do not know if this access road and parking area are plowed after a snow storm. The distance between Greeley Road and the pond is less than 1000 ft and could therefore be easily walked, if needed. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.