Fishing for brook trout on Jamies Pond in Manchester and Farmingdale, Kennebec County, Maine (October 29, 2022)

 

The gate and sign on Jamies Pond Road tells me that I have almost arrived.

 

Jamies Pond (a.k.a. Jimmie Pond) is a 107-acre body of water located in Manchester and Farmingdale, Kennebec County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C4). The public access is located next to the former water pump house at the end of Jamies Pond Road (off Outlet Road). The area offers plenty of parking. Note that two large boulders block the narrow hard-top boat launch. Hence, anglers can only release hand-carried craft from this location.

 

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Fishing for brook trout on Big Clemons Pond in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (October 22, 2022)

 

Follow this sign to reach the public access point.

 

Big Clemons Pond is an 85-acre body of water located in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). From Hiram, drive north on Routes 5/113 (Pequawket Trail). After about 2 miles, turn left on Notch Road. Drive 2.5 miles down this road and turn right on Clemons Cove Road. After a few hundred feet, turn left at a small discrete “boat ramp” sign. The access to the pond is unimproved but provides plenty of parking area. Note that both The Maine Gazetteer and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife indicate the presence of a hard-topped boat launch at this location. What I found was an unimproved dirt public launch that can only accommodate small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, or perhaps a small-trailered boat, in a pinch.

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Fishing for brook trout on Little Clemons Pond in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (October 22, 2022)

 

Giovani is definitely getting the hang of it!

 

Little Clemons Pond is a 25-acre body of water located in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Drive north on Route 160 (Brownfield Road) from South Hiram. The pond will appear on your right-hand side, just after passing Notch Road. The pond is accessible via a rough and steep launch by the road. Cars can be parked on the shoulder. One can only put small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, in the water from this access point. An actual boat launch is not available.

 

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Fishing for brook trout on Long Pond in Parsonsfield, York County, Maine (October 22, 2022)

 

It is chilly but wind-still this morning, and the brookies are biting!

 

Long Pond is a 275-acre body of water located in Parsonsfield, York County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2). The public access is at the southern tip of the pond and consists of a narrow and poorly maintained hardtop boat launch located on Road Between the Ponds, off Joe Berry Road. This pond is moderately developed and embedded in a forested region in the northwestern corner of York County, a couple of miles from the NH border. It is open to angling between October 1 and December 31 but using artificial lures only and with the stipulation that all salmonids must be released alive and at once.

 

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Fishing for brook trout on Kalers Pond in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine (October 8, 2022)

 

You have reached your destination!

 

Kalers Pond covers 87 acres and is located in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 E4). Drive east on Route 1 and turn left on Kalers Pond Road by the Dow Furniture store (look for the green store sign next to Route 1) about 1.5 miles before reaching downtown Waldoboro. Keep in mind that Kalers Pond Road is privately owned, although it is not posted. Access to the pond is via permissive trespass over this gravel road. Drive down for about 800-1000 ft. until you see a wooden brown fish nailed to a tree to the left. It indicates the start of the 200 ft. rough wood trail that leads to the pond. Anglers can only launch hand-carried craft from this location. Parking is limited to a single vehicle by the fish sign. If necessary, leave your vehicle at the parking area across from the furniture store by Route 1. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk from there to the pond. I urge everyone to respect the wishes of the local property owners and follow the rules in order to keep access to this pond open and available to the public into the future.

 

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Fishing for Brook trout on Flying Pond in Vienna, Kennebec County, Maine (October 8, 2022)

 

I’m so glad that I pinpoint the school of brook trout in a matter of minutes!

 

Flying Pond is a 360-acre body of water located in the town of Vienna, Kennebec County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E3). The public access point is located next to busy Route 41 (Pond Road) and consists of a hardtop boat launch with ample parking available along the shoulder of the road.

 

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