Ice fishing for brook trout on Charles Pond in Georgetown, Maine (December 24, 2017)

Charles Pond covers 14 acres and is located next to Route 127 (Five Islands Road) in Georgetown, Sagadahoc County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 7 D1). I discovered this pond exactly one year ago in December and had a fantastic fishing experience on it then. My buddy Dmitry is from away and is visiting the family for the holidays. He has never ice-fished before and said he wanted to give it a try. I choose this pond, even though it’s a bit out of the way, because it was very well stocked last fall with lots of one-pound brook trout (including 15 fish measuring 19”!) and also provided me with an unforgettable experience last year. I’m hoping to replicate that kind of fishing this time around for Dmitry.

Charles Pond is your typical winter “put-and-take” trout fishery. The pond is very shallow (with a maximum depth of about 6 ft; a depth map is not abvailable) and unable to hold trout year-round. Hence, the expectation is that any fish not caught during the hard-water season or later on in the spring will not survive the hot summer months. It’s also the kind of pond that typically provides fast trout action early in the ice-fishing season but then progressively slows down as more and more of the stocked fish are harvested over time.

My son Joel, Dmitry, and I leave the house at 6:15 am and carefully drive towards Charles Pond. We experienced significant freezing rain yesterday over southern Maine. The roads this morning are slick and slippery with black ice. However, the views along the way are gorgeous…………………………CONTINUE READING

Courtesy of Stan Pauwels-Follow Stan’s Blog The Amazing Fish-a-Metric

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