Fishing for brook trout on Clays Pond in Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine (April 16, 2022)

 

Clays Pond Road is closed to all vehicular traffic until May 15.

 

Clays Pond covers 21 acres and is located in Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B1). The public access point is located on Clays Pond Road, which splits off from Lyman Drive connecting Route 5/113 to the Eastern Slopes Regional Airport. Beware that Clays Pond Road is a gated dirt road closed to all vehicular traffic until May 15, when mud season ends. It takes 10 to 15 minutes walking to reach the pond from the gate. The alternative access route via Farnsworth Road and Porter Road is also blocked off until May 15.

 

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Ice fishing for brook trout on Long Lake in Livermore , Androscoggin County, Maine (March 5, 2022)

Long Lake covers 208 acres and is located in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A5). Public access is via the boat launch located right off Route 4 (Crash Road). A large and spacious parking area is available next to the launch.

 

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Ice fishing for brook trout on Sand Pond in Baldwin, Cumberland County, Maine (February 5, 2022)

Sand Pond is a 61-acre body of water located in Baldwin, Cumberland County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D4). The pond is accessible via the public boat launch located at its southern tip by the municipal beach, next to Sand Pond Road off Route 107 (Bridgton Road). Plenty of parking space is available across from the launch.

 

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Ice fishing for brook trout on Pinkham Pond in Alna, Lincoln County, Maine (January 28, 2022)

 

View of Pinkham Pond from the access point. The pond is long, narrow, pretty, and rather shallow.

 

Pinkham Pond is a 21-acre body of water located in Alna, Lincoln County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 E2). The public access is found at its southern tip, right besides Bog Road. A few vehicles can be parked along the shoulder next to the pond. However, beware that this pull-out has a fire-truck water intake structure which cannot be blocked as that might potentially result in a ticket or a tow.

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Ice fishing for brook trout on Silver Lake in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County, Maine (January 16, 2022)

 

The access point is at the southern tip of the pond. Route 209 is hidden behind the trees in the background.

 

Silver Lake is a pretty 12-acre body of water located within spitting distance of the Atlantic Ocean in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 E5; note that the lake is shown on the map but is not specifically named). To reach this location, drive on Route 209 from Bath and pass Popham Beach State Park. The pond will appear within about half a mile from the entrance of the park. Just before reaching the southern tip of the pond, turn right on Hunnewell Avenue, which is a gravel road that splits off from Route 209. Drive 200-300 ft. on this road and leave your vehicle on the side. The access point will be to your left. Keep in mind that parking space is limited to a handful of vehicles (note: no parking is available or allowed on Route 209) and may also be a problem after a snowstorm when the road has been plowed and the narrow shoulder is filled with snow.

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Ice fishing for brook trout on Big Eddy Pond, Topsham, Sagadahoc County, Maine (December 27, 2021)

The first brookie of the morning told us we were on to something.

 

Big Eddy Pond is a small four-acre body of water located in the back of the Topsham Transfer Station at the end of Townsend Way, off Foreside Road in Topsham, ME. The pond is not shown on the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map. Click here for directions on how to reach this sweet spot.

 

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Fishing for brook trout on Round Pond in Lyman, York County, Maine (November 20, 2021)

 

The entrance to Round Pond is gated but the public is welcome to pass through.

 

Round Pond is a small, 6-acre body of water located in Lyman, York County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 2 B5). The public access point to this pond is located where Mast Road joins Route 35 (a.k.a. Goodwins Mills Road), right next to the York County Fish and Game Association (YCFGA) building and across from the association’s shooting range. Beware that fishing can become noisy when the shooting range is active, which is fortunately not the case during my visit. The access point is gated by the YCFGA to block vehicles, but anglers are welcome to walk to the pond via a 200-ft. gravelly trail. Hand-carried craft can be launched from the tiny sandy beach by the water’s edge. Plenty of parking is available along the shoulder of Mast Road.

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Fishing for brook trout on Dutton Pond in Knox, Waldo County, Maine (November 13, 2021)

 

The boat launch is flooded because of the excessive rains from last night

 

Dutton Pond is a 35-acre body of water located in the town of Knox in Waldo County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 A3). Access to this pond is via Dutton Pond Road, right off Route 137 (Belfast Road). A rough boat launch is located off Dutton Pond Road and can accommodate small trailered boats. Very limited parking is available at the launch (one, maybe two, vehicles but without trailers). Vehicles with trailers can best be parked by Route 137.

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Fishing for brook trout on Bartlett Pond in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine (November 3, 2021)

 

The first brookie of the morning tells me that the fish stocked five days earlier are still schooling in the immediate vicinity of the boat launch located to the left in this picture.

 

Bartlett Pond is a 26-acre body of water located in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 B5). Access to this pond is by the outlet right next to Norlands Road via an unimproved dirt boat ramp that can accommodate small, trailered boats. Limited parking is available along the road shoulder.

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Fishing for brook trout on Round Pond in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine (October 30, 2021)

 

The stocked trout are never too far away from their release point in the fall.

 

Round Pond is a 161-acres body of water located in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A5). Access to this pond is located right off busy Route 4 (Auburn Road), which connects the Lewiston/Auburn metro area to Livermore Falls. This access road leads to an excellent hard-top boat launch and spacious parking, both of which are embedded in a beautiful softwood woodlot.

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