The put-in is located in a quiet side channel. Note the surrounding “sand dunes” created by erosion.
I want to try my luck this morning fishing for smallmouth bass on the Saco River in front of the hydroelectric station located by the Hiram Falls dam in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C3). To access this location, drive into downtown Hiram on Routes 5/1134/117 (Pequawket Trail) and cross the bridge over the river. Make an immediate left on River Road and drive down that road for 2.3 miles (note: the power station will be visible to your left after 2.0 miles). Look for an unnamed dirt road on the left that leads to a spacious dirt parking area. The river is about 400 ft down a path through the woods on the right. Only hand-carried craft can be launched from this location.
View of Big Clemons Pond from the public access point
Big Clemons Pond is an 85-acre body of water located in Hiram, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). From Hiram, drive north on Routes 5/113 (Pequawket Trail). After about 2 miles, turn left on Notch Road. Drive 2.5 miles down this road and turn right on Clemons Cove Road. The access point is 0.2 miles on the left, immediately past “Neighbors Way”. Note that both The Maine Gazetteer and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife indicate the presence of a hard-surface boat launch at this location. What I found was a public launch area that can only accommodate small hand-carried craft, such as a kayak or canoe; a couple of cars can be parked on the grass on the side. I suspect that the actual boat launch is located nearby but that I missed it.
The rough access point to Little Clemons Pond viewed from Route 160
Little Clemons Pond is a 25-acre body of water located in Hiram, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). Drive north on Route 160 from South Hiram. The pond will appear on your right-hand side, just after passing Notch Road. The pond is accessible via a rough launch by the road. Cars can be parked on the shoulder. Only small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, can be put in the water from this access point. A public boat launch is not available.
View Larger Map Stanley Pond is a three-lobed, 137-acre body of water located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). It is accessible via the boat launch located in the lower lobe next to the outlet on Tripptown Road off Route 160. This pond has a reputation for producing large rainbow trout. Visit the website linked to this blog for more information on this and the 600+ other ponds that are stocked with trout and/or landlocked salmon throughout Maine.
Stanley Pond is a three-lobed, 137-acre body of water located next to Route 160 in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 C2). It is accessible via the boat launch located next to the outlet on Tripptown Road off Route 160. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. This pond has a reputation for growing big rainbow trout. It was also stocked last fall with larger trout (click here for details). My son Joel and I will icefish it for the first time today in an attempt to catch one of the big ones. We reach the boat launch by the outlet dam located on the lower lobe of Stanley Pond at 7:25 am. We’re anxious about the ice conditions because it rained heavily five days earlier, followed by relatively balmy daytime temperatures in the mid 40’s. Fortunately, the hard freeze over the last several nights has solidified the slush into 6” of soft ice on top of 9” of black ice. We’re good to go because the ice along the shoreline is also solid. The day promises to be beautiful: full sunshine, no wind, and temps in the low 40’s.