Fishing for brook trout on Otter Pond #4 in Standish, Maine (November 9, 2018)

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Aaahh, that rising sun feels so good on my numb fingers!


The tree leaves have all changed colors and dropped to the ground, the nights are getting decidedly colder, and winter feels like it’s just around the corner. Yet, it would be foolish to stow away the rods and reels because open-water fishing opportunities are still beckoning all over southern Maine for those willing to put in the effort! In fact, it never ceases to amaze me that we have access to a smorgasbord of fishing locations in the fall which remain largely unused. Most everyone else stops going out once it gets colder, which means that we essentially have all the hot fishing spots entirely to ourselves! That, of course, is perfectly fine with me. My blog readers have asked me in the past about locations that can be fished for trout in the fall using waders and without the need for a boat or fancy electronics. Otter Pond #4 is one of those spots.


This first brookie signals that I’m fishing in the right area of the pond


Otter Pond #4 (a.k.a. Snake Pond) is located off Route 35 in Standish, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 D1). Click here for details on how to access this 6-acre water body. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The fall fishing rules for this location are as follows: (a) open to fishing from October 1 to November 30, (b) artificial lures only, and (c) all salmonids have to be released alive at once. It’s been several years since I’ve fished Otter Pond #4 in the fall, even though it is one of my favorite early ice fishing go-to spots. The state handsomely stocks it with brook trout each October in anticipation of the upcoming ice-fishing season. In fact, the pond received three hundred 8” fish and seventy five 13” fish on October 22, 2018, which translate to fifty 8” fish per acre and twelve 13” fish per acre, respectively. Those are nice numbers! It is the larger fish that are of interest to me this morning because 13” brookies have size and weight (about 1 pound) to them.


Look at the huge mouth on this fella!


I arrive at the Otter Ponds parking lot off Route 35 at 6:15 am, fill out the day-use permit, and quickly walk along the old railroad tracks to reach Otter Pond #4. The air is crisp and cold (28°F), but there’s no wind and the sky is cloudless. I have about 1.5 hours to make something happen before I need to turn around and get ready for work. I notice that the water level is quite low when I reach the beach area by the gazebo at the southern end of the pond. That’s great because that’ll make it much easier to fish from shore. Past experiences on this pond have also taught me that the brookies like to hang around in several areas along the western shoreline, so that is where I start fishing.


The icing on this morning’s cake! Aren’t these spawning colors just spectacular?


I fish with my ultralight spinning rod and six-pound test line, using a #2 Mepps multi-colored spinner. This combination allows me to cast the lure way out there. I’ll state for the record that it would be a waste of time to fly fish this pond from shore due to the numerous trees and overhanging branches along the bank. I hook and catch my first brook trout within 15 minutes of starting. That is a great sign! The fish also shows off all its glorious fall colors. What a treat. I loiter in that general area of the pond which I suspect from previous experiences likely serves as spawning habitat for the trout in the fall. That knowledge is rewarded because I catch another two trout, one of which is a fat and colorful 14” fish. My fingers get numb from the cold, and the water from the monofilament freezes to ice in the rod guides, but I’m enjoying my alone-time with my scaly friends, who continue to bite. The sun rising above the surrounding trees quickly warms up the chilled morning air, to the delight of my fingers. I thoroughly enjoy myself. It doesn’t get much better than this….


The results: I caught five brook trout (three between 13” and 14”, and two between 8” and 10”) in 1.5 hour of fun spinner fishing.


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2 thoughts on “Fishing for brook trout on Otter Pond #4 in Standish, Maine (November 9, 2018)

  1. I am heading that way this week. great fishing and usually nobody else. #2 is also great this time of year right along the railroad tressel and down the right side. I caught 3 19″ in dec. before iceup last year on a red thunderbug which is a mepps lure the first time i ever pullud it out of the tackle box. there is oppertunity for fly fishing both ponds. i bring both rods. i have had days i have caught 30 on my light fly rod.a bright color steamer works well for me.

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