Fishing for brook trout on Round Pond in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine (May 13, 2018)

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The launch area next to Route 102 is rough and can only accommodate hand-carried craft.

Round Pond covers 38 acres and is located on Mount Desert Island (MDI) in Hancock County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B2). The western shoreline abuts Acadia National Park, whereas the eastern shoreline is privately owned as indicated by the presence of a handful of houses. The pond, which is located right off Pretty Marsh Road (Route 102) on the western half of MDI, is not in the Park itself. The pond can only be accessed from Route 102 via a short rough path and lacks a boat launch. Hence, it can only be fished using hand-carried craft. Keep in mind that no actual parking is available on Route 102 either. The road shoulder is sandy and narrow, and can safely accommodate only a few cars

I selected Round Pond because it is (loosely) associated with Acadia National Park and was stocked in the fall of 2017 with 100 brook trout measuring around 13”, yielding about 2.5 fish per acre. That’s not great, but the nice size of the fish makes up for their low numbers. General fishing laws apply, with no size or bag limit on bass. However, motorboats are prohibited. Click here for additional fishing rules. The pond is located in a low-laying area of MDI and therefore lacks the stunning mountain vistas available elsewhere in the park. It is, however, completely surrounded by woods. Also, I did not find that the sparse traffic passing by on Route 102 interfered with the quietness and solitude I so crave for. The surface water is slightly tea-colored and the bottom consists of a soft sandy substrate. The pond has a maximum and mean depth of 19 ft and 11 ft, respectively. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

Round Pond is pretty!

I arrive at the outlet of Round Pond by Route 102 at 12:30 pm. The sun is blazing high in the blue sky and a stiff breeze blows in from the southeast. I lower my canoe to the water’s edge and take a last look at the depth map. It then suddenly hits me: this pond is open under general law and can therefore be ice fished! As such, most of the trout that were stocked in the fall of 2017 were most likely caught during the last ice fishing season… Sh*t!! Well, I may as well continue since I’m here anyway. I paddle off and start trolling one color down with three small trout spoons tied one to the other. I reach the opposite end of the pond without a hit. I paddle towards shore because I need to load up the front of the canoe with rocks to provide ballast against the persistent wind. I get my stones and start tossing a #2 Mepps spinner along the shoreline when I notice a very nice pickerel eyeing my lure. He just sits there but won’t commit even with the spinner running right in front of his nose. Gggrrr! A few more casts and I catch a tiny yellow perch instead. OK, enough of this already.


I worked long and hard to catch this brook trout under less-than-ideal conditions.

I go back to trolling, but this time with two colors down, which puts my lures between 10 and 15 ft below the surface. I get a nice hook-up within 10 minutes and am delighted to discover that I caught a 14” brookie!! He must be one of the few that survived the ice fishing season. I’m all excited now because I’ve found something that works. I continue trolling around with two colors down but consistently foul my lures with aquatic vegetation, which is quite frustrating. That forces me to go back to one color down but without hooking anymore fish. I realize what was going on when I looked at the depth map upon returning to my car at the end of this trip. I just happened to have been fishing the relatively narrow but deepest part of the pond (17 to 19 ft deep) when I caught my trout but then, without the benefit of the depth map or a depth finder, wandered off into slightly shallower areas of the pond where I consistently snagged the vegetation. Regardless, I’m delighted to have caught that one unexpected brook trout under less than optimum conditions. Perseverance worked!


The results: I landed one 14” brook trout in 2 hours of fishing.


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