Ice fishing for smallmouth bass on Trickey Pond, Naples, Maine (March 29, 2014)

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General view of Trickey Pond with cloud "mountains" in the background

Early morning view of Trickey Pond looking north with “cloud mountains” in the background

Trickey Pond covers 311 acres and is located next to Route 114 in Naples, Cumberland County (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 B5). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Access to this pond is via a hard-top boat launch off Route 114. Beware that this launch is not typically plowed in the winter and that a 4X4 vehicle is required if you plan on driving down towards the pond. Limited parking is possible along the shoulder on Route 114. Trickey Pond contains exceptionally clean water (the pond is entirely spring-fed) and provides a smorgasbord of sport fish species. It supports a well-known regional salmonid fishery consisting of landlocked salmon, splake, and brook trout. But it also has an abundant smallmouth bass population of exceptional size and quality. It is these fish that I’m targeting today.

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Ice fishing for pickerel on Panther Pond, Raymond, Maine (January 26, 2014)

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Panther Pond covers 1,439 acres and is located in Raymond, Cumberland County (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B2). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. My 11-year old nephew Christian calls me up in the late morning to ask if I want to go ice fishing with him. I wasn’t planning on it because I’ve been toiling since 6 am to complete a project for work. On the other hand, I’ve been locked up for too long and need to breathe in some fresh air. I tell him that I can spare a few hours to go pickerel fishing with him on Panther Pond. Our target is the large shallow bay just south of the peninsula called Betty’s Neck. The bay, which has a maximum depth of about 4 ft, is a reliable area for catching pickerel, yellow perch, and even an occasional largemouth bass through the ice. Access to the bay is via a snowmobile trail which starts at Giselle Lane, located off Route 121 just before the pond appears on the right (going north).

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching splake in Maine (winter of 2014)

A splake is a hybrid fish which results from crossing a male brook trout with a female lake trout in the hatchery. These fish are becoming popular because they grow faster than either parent, are relatively easy to catch under the ice, and cannot overrun a pond or lake because they do not reproduce. Around 50 ponds in Maine are managed as splake fisheries. Many of these ponds are open to ice fishing and are stocked with this trout variety in the spring or fall. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) which provide the best odds of catching splake through the ice.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching brown trout in Maine (winter of 2014)

Over 110 ponds throughout Maine are managed as brown trout fisheries. Many of these ponds are open to ice fishing and are stocked with brown trout in the spring or fall. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) which provide the best odds of catching browns through the ice.

I only present ponds that were stocked in 2013 with a minimum of 2 brown trout per acre. As a rough yardstick, the average stocking density for landlocked salmon in Maine ponds and lakes is about 0.3 to 0.5 salmon per acre, which equals 1 salmon every two to three acres.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching rainbow trout in Maine (winter of 2014)

Around 20 ponds, most of them located in southern Maine counties, are managed as rainbow trout fisheries. Many of these ponds are open to ice fishing and are stocked with rainbow trout each spring or fall. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) which provide the best odds of catching bows through the ice.

I only present ponds that were stocked in 2013 with a minimum of 1 rainbow trout per acre. As a rough yardstick, the average stocking density for landlocked salmon in Maine ponds and lakes is about 0.3 to 0.5 salmon per acre, which equals 1 salmon every two to three acres.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Oxford County (winter of 2014)

Over 30 ponds in Oxford County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing during the winter of 2014. Most of these fish are relatively small (7” to 12”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spiced up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 13” or more, and weighing at least 1.0 lb. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Oxford County where fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Washington County, Maine (winter of 2014)

About 20 ponds in Washington County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing during the winter of 2014. Most of these fish are relatively small (7” to 12”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spiced up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 13” or more, and weighing at least 1.0 lb. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Washington County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Waldo County, Maine (winter of 2014)

About ten ponds in Waldo County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing. Most of these fish are relatively small (7” to 12”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spiced up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 13” or more, and weighing at least 1.0 lb. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Waldo County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Somerset County, Maine (winter of 2014)

About a dozen and a half ponds in Somerset County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing. Most of these fish are relatively small (7” to 12”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spiced up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 13” or more, and weighing at least 1.0 lb. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Somerset County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.

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Best ice fishing ponds for catching large trout in Lincoln County, Maine (winter of 2014)

Nine ponds in Lincoln County, Maine, were stocked with trout in the fall of 2013 to support ice fishing. Most of these fish are relatively small (7” to 12”), but plentiful, in order to provide fast action on the ice.

The state also spiced up several of these ponds with bigger trout, which I define here as fish measuring 13” or more, and weighing at least 1.0 lb. This blog highlights the ponds (presented in alphabetical order) in Lincoln County where ice fishermen have the best odds of catching those larger fish through the ice.

I only include ponds that were stocked in the fall of 2013 with a minimum of 1 large trout per acre. As a rough yardstick, the average stocking density for landlocked salmon in Maine ponds and lakes is about 0.3 to 0.5 salmon per acre, which equals 1 salmon every two to three acres. Keep in mind that the number of bigger trout stocked in a pond is typically much lower than for the smaller trout. Hence, patience is required to catch those larger fish.

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