Fishing for brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout on Worthley Pond, Peru, Oxford County, Maine (November 25, 2022)

 

The weather is cold, gloomy, and overcast. But, fortunately, the wind is quiet.

 

Worthley Pond is a 354-acre body of water located in Peru, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 A3). The public access point is found on East Shore Road and is clearly indicated by a blue boat-launch sign. This well-maintained hardtop launch is spacious, accessible to large craft, and offers plenty of parking spaces.

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Fishing for brown trout on Great Pond in Belgrade, Kennebec County, Maine (November 20, 2022)

 

We are looking for the large brown trout in 2 to 3 ft. of water right by the boat launch.

 

Great Pond is a 5,239-acre body of water located in Belgrade, Kennebec County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E4). To reach the public access point, drive north on Route 27 (Augusta Road) towards the town of Belgrade Lakes, turn right on Sahagian Road, drive for less than a quarter mile and then turn left on Boat Way Lane. Blue boat launch signs clearly indicates these two turn-offs. The spacious and well-maintained launch offers a hardtop boat ramp with plenty of parking. It also provides a permanent outdoor bathroom.

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Fishing for brook trout and brown trout on Little Medomak Pond in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine (November 13, 2022)

 

Look for the yellow milfoil sign to locate the public access point. And, oh yes, the weather sucks!

 

Little Medomak Pond (a.k.a. Spencer Pond) is a 75-acre body of water located in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 D5). The public access point is found on the western shore of the pond. To reach this location, drive on Old Augusta Road, turn into Storer Mountain Road and drive for just under one mile until you see the yellow milfoil sign nailed to a tree on your right. Anglers can release a kayak or canoe from this location, but not a trailered boat because the access point lacks any kind of ramp. The nearby road shoulder provides limited parking.

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Fishing for brook trout and brown trout on Crystal Pond in Washington, Knox County, Maine (November 13, 2022)

 

View of the unimproved access point. Note the large pool in front of the launch, the emergent aquatic vegetation on both sides, and the rocky spur with the pine trees to the left.

 

Crystal Pond is a 98-acre body of water located in Washington, Knox County, Maine (see The Atlas and Gazetteer map 13 C5). The public access point is situated along the north shore of the pond, off Crystal Lake Road, and is clearly indicated by a blue sign. The launch is unimproved but could easily accommodate a small trailered boat. It also provides plenty of parking space. The surrounding area is nice and open, with several fire pits and permanent BBQ grills. It looks like folks enjoy camping here in the summer.

 

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Fishing for brook trout on Alford Lake in Hope, Knox County, Maine (November 5, 2022)

 

Turn at this sign and drive all the way to the boat launch.

 

Alford Lake is a 577-acre body of water located in Hope, Knox County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 14 D2). To reach the lake, drive north on Buzzel Hill Road and turn right on Beaver Lodge Road. Look for the wooden “Beaver Lodge” campground sign in case the road sign is missing (as it was for me this morning). Drive down Beaver Lodge Road for 0.7 miles to the public boat launch. Keep in mind that this road passes straight through the privately owned Beaver Lodge campground. No need to stop; just keep on driving. The launch is spacious and provides plenty of parking spots, as well as picnic accommodations.

 

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Fishing for brook trout on Hutchinson Pond in Albany, Oxford County, Maine (November 2, 2022)

 

Look for this public access sign. A short trail leads to the nearby pond.

 

Hutchinson Pond is a 93-acre body of water located in Albany, Oxford County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 10 C4). To reach this pond, drive north on Hunts Corner Road and turn right on Hutchinson Pond Road. Drive down this road for 1.3 miles until you see the bright white “public access” sign to your left. A 10-foot wide rough path squeezed between two private properties provides access to the pond. Only hand-carried craft can be launched from this location. A few vehicles can be parked along the road shoulder.

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Fishing for brook trout on Jamies Pond in Manchester and Farmingdale, Kennebec County, Maine (October 29, 2022)

 

The gate and sign on Jamies Pond Road tells me that I have almost arrived.

 

Jamies Pond (a.k.a. Jimmie Pond) is a 107-acre body of water located in Manchester and Farmingdale, Kennebec County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 C4). The public access is located next to the former water pump house at the end of Jamies Pond Road (off Outlet Road). The area offers plenty of parking. Note that two large boulders block the narrow hard-top boat launch. Hence, anglers can only release hand-carried craft from this location.

 

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Fishing for brook trout on Big Clemons Pond in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine (October 22, 2022)

 

Follow this sign to reach the public access point.

 

Big Clemons Pond is an 85-acre body of water located in Hiram, Oxford County, 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. After a few hundred feet, turn left at a small discrete “boat ramp” sign. The access to the pond is unimproved but provides plenty of parking area. Note that both The Maine Gazetteer and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife indicate the presence of a hard-topped boat launch at this location. What I found was an unimproved dirt public launch that can only accommodate small hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak, or perhaps a small-trailered boat, in a pinch.

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Fishing for brook trout on Long Pond in Parsonsfield, York County, Maine (October 22, 2022)

 

It is chilly but wind-still this morning, and the brookies are biting!

 

Long Pond is a 275-acre body of water located in Parsonsfield, York County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 D2). The public access is at the southern tip of the pond and consists of a narrow and poorly maintained hardtop boat launch located on Road Between the Ponds, off Joe Berry Road. This pond is moderately developed and embedded in a forested region in the northwestern corner of York County, a couple of miles from the NH border. It is open to angling between October 1 and December 31 but using artificial lures only and with the stipulation that all salmonids must be released alive and at once.

 

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Fishing for Brook trout on Flying Pond in Vienna, Kennebec County, Maine (October 8, 2022)

 

I’m so glad that I pinpoint the school of brook trout in a matter of minutes!

 

Flying Pond is a 360-acre body of water located in the town of Vienna, Kennebec County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 20 E3). The public access point is located next to busy Route 41 (Pond Road) and consists of a hardtop boat launch with ample parking available along the shoulder of the road.

 

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