Fishing for brook trout on Sawyer Pond in Greenville, Piscataquis County (May 14, 2021).


The launch at Sawyer Pond can only accommodate hand-carried craft.


Sawyer Pond is 67-acre body of water located off Scammon Road a few miles outside of Greenville, Piscataquis County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41 D3). I was able to easily find it using my phone’s GPS thanks to a strong signal coming from Greenville. The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer shows a launch for trailered boats on the eastern shore. Don’t believe it! Only hand-carried craft can be released from that location, as I found out the hard way. Ample parking is available nearby.



That’s about as wind-still as it can get! It definitely makes trolling a whole lot easier.


Sawyer Pond supports a strong brook trout fishery popular with local anglers. The trout population is maintained entirely through a yearly stocking program which releases about 1,800 trout in spring and fall. These efforts yield a respectable annual stocking rate of 27 fish per acre. Keep in mind that the vast majority of the brookies are of the small 10-inch variety. The pond is lightly developed, with about six houses visible from the water. The shoreline is rocky and bouldery. The surrounding watershed is deeply wooded. My “hand thermometer” tells me that the surface water temperature feels in the low-to-mid 50’s, which makes sense for mid-May. The pond can be fished during the open-water season under the general fishing laws. It has a maximum and mean depth of 23 ft. and 9 ft., respectively, which makes it rather shallow given its surface area. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.


This brookie fell for the streamer fly


I arrive at the launch site for Sawyer Pond at 5:15 am. It is fresh this morning, but absolutely wind still. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and the sun is starting to rise over the horizon. The local loons are also serenading each other, which adds a marvelous auditory touch to this peaceful tableau. I push off in my canoe 15 minutes later eager to start catching fish. I’m trolling with two rods crossed between my legs. One is an eight-weight fly fishing rod combined with lead core line and three one-hook streamer flies tied back-to-back and placed one color down (6-8 ft. below the surface). The other is an ultralight spinning rod fishing with two small ACME Phoebe lures with a fat split shot pinched 4 ft. above to place the lures 2-3 ft below the surface. I get my first hook-up on one of the streamer flies 20 minutes later and bring in a fat 10-inch brookie. Great, the fish are awake! I continue paddling with renewed expectations but have to wait another 40 minutes to catch a second brookie on the Phoebe spoon.


The #2 Mepps spinner did its job once again. Boy, do I love that lure!


I’m catching fish but it’s rather slow considering that I’ve paddled around Sawyer Pond several times by now. My lower back and butt are also complaining; it doesn’t help that I forgot to bring my canoe seat cushion this morning… I need to change tactics. I drop the anchor in a small bay, carefully stand up in my canoe (that feels soo good!), and start casting a #2 Mepps using my ultralight spinning rod. The action picks up quickly. I land four additional 10″ trout over the next 45 minutes and miss several more. That’s the way to go! The pond must contain a lot of forage because all the brookies I caught this morning, while small, where clearly well-fed! I’m really enjoying the action but have to break off and head back to camp for breakfast. Sawyer Pond is a nice find and well worth a visit.


The results: I landed six fat 10″ brook trout in two hours of fishing.


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