Sewell Pond (also spelled “Sewall Pond”) is a 43-acre body of water located in the town of Arrowsic in Sagadahoc County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 C5). The public access point to the pond is located right next to Route 127. Parking is along the shoulder of the road or by a small dirt pull-up right by the access point.
Early-morning view of pretty Pinkham Pond from Bog Road.
Pinkham Pond is a 21-acre body of water located in Alna, Lincoln County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 E1). The public access to the pond is located at its southern tip, right besides Bog Road. Parking is along the shoulder of the road. It would be best not to leave your vehicle at the nearby fire truck water intake as that might potentially result in a ticket or a tow.
General view of Upper Hinkley Pond. The retaining wall and the dam are all the way in the background. We fished the shoreline shown on the right-hand side in this picture.
Upper Hinkley Pond is a small, 3-acre shallow reservoir formed by the impoundment of Kimball Brook. It is found in Hinkley Park off Highland Avenue in South Portland, Cumberland County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 3 A4 or map 73 G4). This beautiful little pond is located only 10 minutes from downtown Portland! The park offers ample parking. Keep in mind that Hinkley Park is a popular area for local people to walk their dogs and that some of their canines may pay you a visit. Beware also that the first pond you encounter when entering the park is Lower Hinkley Pond. This body of water is set aside for “kids only” fishing and therefore cannot be fished by anglers over 16 years old. Just walk uphill for a couple of minutes and the upper pond will soon emerge.
My blog readers know that fishing can be turned into a non-stop four-season activity in Maine, with ice fishing in the winter, trolling or fly fishing for salmonids in the spring, bass fishing on lakes and rivers in the summer, and trolling for salmonids in the fall. However, the kind of open-water fishing described above requires specific equipment, such as a canoe or motor boat, electronics, downriggers, lead core line, and the like. That can quickly become overwhelming and expensive.
Some of you asked if I could highlight places in southern and central Maine where one could fish for trout in the fall but without the need for expensive gear. I therefore decided to research and write this blog for you. The only piece of “fancy” equipment required is a pair of waders, available on-line or at your local sports equipment store for less than a $100. Also needed is the drive required to get out of bed at the crack of dawn to spend time immersed in ice-cold water under freezing-cold conditions to pursue a true passion 🙂
Burnt Meadow Pond is a pretty 69-acre body of water located next to Route 160 in Brownfield, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B2). The public access is via a hard-top boat launch located at the southern tip of the pond right off Route 160. Ample parking space is available by the launch.
All’s quiet this morning and the trout are biting!
Maces Pond is a 32-acre body of water located alongside Route 17 (Rockland Street) in Rockport, Knox County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 D3). A spacious pull-out next to the road at the southern tip of the pond can easily accommodate up to half-a-dozen vehicles. The access to the pond is down a short trail next to this pull-out area. A boat launch is not available, but hand-carried craft can be put in the water at that location.
General view of Big Eddy Pond from the southern end
Big Eddy Pond covers an estimated 20 acres and is located in the back of the Topsham Transfer Station at the end of Townsend Way, off Foreside Road in Topsham, ME. The pond is not shown on the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map; use the Google Map link above to find its specific location. The easiest access is by car: slowly drive through the entrance of the transfer station, wave “hello” to the attendant, continue to the back of the facility and look for a dirt road that loops around the grassy knoll (i.e., the restored landfill). It will bring you directly to the shore of the pond after a 2-minute ride. Cars can be parked right along the pond shoreline. Keep in mind that the transfer station operates from 8 am until 5 or 6 pm (depending on the season) and is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Click here for more details. If you want to fish before opening or after closing hours, or on the two closed days, then park your car in the small parking lot to the left of the entrance and walk for about 10 minutes to the pond. Keep in mind that Big Eddy Pond has a smaller twin called Little Eddy Pond. Only the former (most southerly) is stocked with trout.