Fishing for brook trout on Hutchinson Pond in Albany, Oxford County, Maine (November 2, 2022)

 

Look for this public access sign. A short trail leads to the nearby pond.

 

Hutchinson Pond is a 93-acre body of water located in Albany, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 C4). To reach this pond, drive north on Hunts Corner Road and turn right on Hutchinson Pond Road. Drive down this road for 1.3 miles until you see the bright white “public access” sign to your left. A 10-foot wide rough path squeezed between two private properties provides access to the pond. Only hand-carried craft can be launched from this location. A few vehicles can be parked along the road shoulder.

 

My first brookie of the morning. The school hasn’t moved much from where the fish were released late last week.

 

Hutchinson Pond is located just a few miles east of Maine’s White Mountain National Forest in a picturesque area of southern Oxford County. The shoreline is only lightly developed and framed along the northern horizon by several scenic low mountains. The State stocked this pond with 200 13-inch brown trout on October 11, 2022 and with 190 13-inch brook trout on October 26, 2022 in anticipation of the upcoming ice-fishing season. The brookies are my target this morning. I expect them to still school in the immediate vicinity of the launch because they do not yet know what to do with themselves and are patiently waiting for food to drop out of the sky, just like in the hatchery… The pond is open to fishing between October 1 and December 31 using artificial lures only and with the stipulation that all salmonids must be released at once. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

And they just keep on coming!

 

I arrive at the public access point of Hutchinson Pond by 6:50 am. I layer up with warm clothes, don my trusted waders, and step into the water 10 minutes later. The weather this morning is just perfect: air temperature in the mid 40’s, with no wind, no fog, and no clouds. Two loons welcome me with their haunting calls. I love that soundscape. The substrate underneath my feet is sandy and firm (no mud or muck), the bottom slopes gently downward, and aquatic vegetation is mostly absent. Such conditions are impeccable for wading and are also quite rare. I observe a few tentative rises about 100 feet to my left. That is a good sign, suggesting that the trout have not shifted too far. I start moving and casting in that general direction. As always when fishing in the fall in waders, I use my ultralights spinning rod, small spinning reel spooled with 6-pound monofilament, and a bronze #2 Mepps spinner. This combination allows me to cast the spinner way out and to enjoy a hard fight.

 

All the conditions have come together this morning to create a magical hour of fishing: beautiful surroundings, easy wading, great weather, and fish eager to bite!

 

I hook but miss my first brookie within the first 10 casts, and land a feisty fighter a few minutes later. Good, the fish are in the shallows close to the access point and are actively feeding! I reach angler’s Nirvana over the next 50 minutes. This situation only happens rarely because it requires the coming together of several independent threads: the weather, the landscape, the fishing conditions, and the presence of suicidal fish! The action is, quite literally, nonstop. In fact, I become concerned if I do not get a bite after three casts. During one 15 minute period, I hook and land five brook trout in five casts!! To my surprise, all the brookies, except for one female, are males in their splendid spawning regalia. And I even catch one of the brown trout that were stocked three weeks earlier. The bite is still going strong at 8 am and the school of fish has not moved in response to all the commotion. Unfortunately, I have to brake off because I need to head back home to start my working day. I leave refreshed and invigorated by this morning’s experience. I have said so many times in the past and will say it again now: the best brook trout fishing in southern and central Maine ponds occurs in the fall when no one else thinks about wetting a line. And that suits me just fine!

 

An unexpected “by-catch”!

 

The results: I caught 13 brook trout (largest = 14 inches) and one brown trout in one hour of out-of-this-world fishing.

 

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