Fishing for brook trout on Salmon Pond in Greenville, Piscataquis County, Maine (May 15, 2021).


The rough launch can only accommodate hand-carried craft.


Salmon Pond is a 12-acre body of water located a few miles outside of Greenville, Piscataquis County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D3). Access is via an old logging road off the Katahdin Iron Works (KI) Road. I was able to easily find it using my phone’s GPS thanks to a strong signal coming from Greenville. The KI Road, and the side road leading to the pond, are rough in spots but quite drivable using a regular car. Hence, no need for a four-wheel drive vehicle. The pond is accessible by foot via a short forest trail. Only hand-carried craft can be launched on it.



It took Geovanni a lot of twisting and turning in the raft to land this brookie. The smile says it all!


Salmon Pond is completely wild and untouched by human development. My “hand thermometer” tells me that the water temperature on the surface feels in the low-to-mid 50’s, which makes sense for this time of the year. The weather is overcast, with an air temperature in the mid 60’s and a stiff northeast breeze. This pond is listed as a State Heritage Fish Water. It was last stocked in 1987 and now supports a thriving and self-sustaining population of wild brook trout. That in itself makes it a special place and well worth a visit. The fishing rules prohibit using live baitfish to avoid the accidental introduction of competing minnow species. Also, only artificial lures are allowed (i.e., no worms, fish eggs, dead baitfish, etc.), plus all the trout must be released alive at once (i.e., catch and release only). The pond has a maximum and mean depth of 15 ft. and 7 ft., respectively. A depth map is not available.


That is one hefty and healthy-looking wild brookie!!


I reach the access point for Salmon Pond at 2:45 pm with my 12 year-old grandson Geovanni. Three local guys have set up a pop-up camper in a small clearing across from the access trail. I take a moment to chat with them. They confirm that the trout were actively biting yesterday evening. That’s good news. The plan is for G and I to fish in separate boats: he’ll take the inflatable fishing raft and I’ll take the canoe. We soon paddle off, trailed by clouds of the dreaded blackflies which recently hatched and have started to swarm. I’d really like to catch trout on a dry fly this afternoon. I’m observing lots of mayflies sitting on the surface of the water but the trout are ignoring them, perhaps because of the steady breeze and the choppy water. Instead, I troll around the pond using a 2-inch gold-colored ACME Phoebe spoon attached to my ultralight spinning rod. I pinch a large split shot 4 ft. above the lure to bring it down a foot or two below the surface. The rod goes between my legs and I start paddling. Soon I hear G yelping with excitement: he just hooked a feisty 13 inch brookie on a #2 Mepps spinner. The fish is giving him a run for his money. By the time I reach G, he’s all twisted up leaning backwards trying to net the poor creature. I help him bring it into the raft and he recounts the fight with great excitement. I’m so glad he caught that fish and that he’s thrilled by the whole experience. That, after all, is the whole point of bringing him out here!


A pond worthy of a visit!


I continue trolling around the pond (it doesn’t take long to do a full circle), when I suddenly get a tremendous hit! Holly mackerel, there’s something big and angry hooked at the other end. The fight on the ultralight is fantastic. I’m using six pound test line, so I untighten the drag to allow the trout to rip out as much line as it wants. A gorgeous 15″ brook trout finally emerges from the depths several minutes later to be netted, photographed, and released. Fishing doesn’t get much better than this. I continue trolling with anticipation but have to paddle for 30 more minutes to get another hookup. This second fish measures only 12 inches but punches well above its weight. There’s just no two ways about it: a native or wild brook trout is a very different animal than its farm-raised cousins! It’s now 5 pm and G announces that he’s bored. It’s time to move on in order to keep the experience fun. Salmon Pond is a real winner and well worth the effort to get to. I have no reason to doubt that trout much bigger than the 15 incher I caught earlier this afternoon are hiding in its depths!


The results: I landed a 15″ and 12″ brook trout, and G caught one 13″ brook trout, in two hours of fishing.

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