Fishing for brook trout on Moose Pond in Bowtown Township, Somerset County, Maine (May 30, 2022)

 

Parts of the unimproved forest road leading into Moose Pond have been ripped open by four-wheelers during mud season.

 

Moose Pond covers 11 acres and is located in Bowtown Township in Somerset County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 A2). This pond can be reached as follows: from North New Portland (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 30 E2), drive north on Long Falls Dam Road for about 24.5 miles and turn right on Carrying Place Road at the sign for Cobb’s Camps. Drive down this gravel logging road for 10.1 miles until the yield traffic sign and turn left on Bowtown Road (note: Google Maps calls this road “Otter Pond Road”). Pass Harrison Camp on the left, cross Pierce Pond Stream and drive for another 4 miles or so until the road forks. Hang a right at that fork and look for a rough and unimproved forest road to your right a couple of hundred feet further down. Don’t bother driving down this forest road in the spring because several sections of it have been plowed open by four-wheelers and 4X4 vehicles during Mud Season, creating deeply-rutted pools of soft mud. It’s about a half-mile walk from Bowtwon Road to the pond.

 

 

Moose Pond is remote and pretty.

 

Moose Pond is completely undeveloped and is located between the Pierce Pond watershed and the Kennebec River. The surrounding landscape is entirely forested and hilly. This shallow water body has an average depth of 6 ft. and a maximum depth of 15 ft. The bottom consists mostly of soft organic muck and the water is slightly colored. The available water quality can sustain a healthy brook trout population year-over-year, but the pond lacks spawning and nursery habitat. As a result, the state provides an annual fall stocking of 750 seven-inch brookies (about 68 trout per acre!) to maintain the fishery. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. General fishing law applies at this location, except that the pond is closed to ice fishing, but is open to fishing between October 1 and November 30 using artificial lures only and with the stipulation that all trout must be released alive at once.

 

G catches his one and only little trout on the Phoebe lure.

 

My 13 year-old grandson Geovanni and I arrive at the access point of Moose Pond at around 10:30 am. We take a moment to sit down, catch our breaths, and contemplate the surrounding landscape after carrying my canoe and our gear all the way from the Bowtown Road. Unfortunately, the swarms of hungry mosquitos assaulting us from all sides make it impossible to stay still for long, so we quickly ready ourselves and take off. The morning is warm and breezy with the air temperature already in the low 70’s. The surface water temperature clocks in at a balmy 67°F. We paddle towards the western end of the pond in order to fish the 15-ft.-deep hole shown on the depth map. I am using my portable depth finder to help located our target area. To my surprise, that hole is much more extensive than depicted on the map and actually resembles a large bowl with steeply rising sides.

 

I catch my only trout on the little ACME Thunderbolt.

 

We see no rises or any flies on the surface, and therefore decide to troll around the rim of the bowl. Geovanni uses his ultra-light spinning rod with a 2-inch ACME silver Phoebe spoon weighed down by two large split shots. I use my fly fishing rod with floating line to which I tie a 1¼-inch ACME bronze Thunderbolt spoon also weighed down by two large split shots. We slowly paddle around and around the rim (as best as possible…) and over the next 1.5 hours get several hits but each of us only land one 10-inch brookie. That’s not much to show for all our efforts and the fact that this pond is stuffed with brook trout! We observe several rises on one side of the bowl, and G wants to try dry flying. We anchor in 6 ft. of water and start casting out our flies. He proudly shows off his casting skills, which have become quite good. Unfortunately, the fish don’t want to play nice. The rises end and the breeze picks up. I am losing G; his lower back hurts and he is fidgety. It’s time to call it good in order to keep it fun. Fortunately, he is quite happy with his catch.

 

The results: We each landed one brook trout (largest was 10 inches) in 2 hours of hard fishing.

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