on Thomas Pond
by Steve Orach,
Pond is listed as having 442 acres with a maximum depth of 64 feet.
There are some
real good spring holes and places where there is a strong current-
so make sure you are fishing on safe ice. Take some time and test
the ice in the area you plan to fish.
Make sure you are dressed warmly. I like to carry some "Hot Hand"
packets with me for
my hands. There is a lot of snowmobile and ATV activity in certain
areas. If you like
to fish, you will want to avoid these heavily traveled paths. Fish
don't like all that noise.
If you see other fishermen, give them
plenty of room to fish. Everyone likes a visit - but don't appreciate
someone setting up too close. Don't throw your cigarette butts on
the ice, the filters are not food for fish stomachs.
I generally use light leaders and not too
much weight but everyone has their own preferences. I usually use
minnows hooked through the back or the upper lip.
If you want a lot of action, try for pickerel.
You can get some nice pickerel here. A 24" one weighs 4 lbs.
and a 26" one will weigh 5 lbs. They are a lot of fun to catch
and some are really big. I usually don't plan to keep pickerel.
There are also yellow perch and white perch
in the lake. I like to catch and eat white perch. You have to fish
deeper for them. I occasionally catch 14" or 15" white perch
but they are generally smaller.
Bass are nice and fat and grow to a good size.
Both small mouth and large mouth bass do well here. During the winter,
you can keep one bass 12" or larger. I usually like to have them
at least 16" long since they seem to get quite a bit heavier
from 12" to 16". A 20" largemouth will be from 3 1/2
to 4lbs., and I was lucky enough to get a 22" one that weighed
6 lbs. last winter! (see photo)
Brook trout are stocked here and these I catch
are usually 12 to 14 inches, but are not too numerous. The brown trout
do well and feed closer to the bottom. They have to be 12" long.
I caught a few good ones last year. The biggest was 21" long
and weighed 4 lbs.
There are also landlocked salmon in the lake.
These have to be at least 14" long They are not too plentiful
and it is a real treat to catch them!
It is easy to confuse the salmon and brown
trout in this pond. Brown trout have a square tail and a double row
of middle teeth in their upper mouth. The salmon tend to have a single
row of middle teeth in their upper mouth and have a forked tail. I
usually settle for using the 14" size limit for both salmon and
Plan to cut your leader and release the smaller
fish as soon as you can. Hooks are cheap!
If you are not catching anything, try moving
to another location. Relax, enjoy yourself, and leave your radio at
home. Don't forget your Maine Fishing license. You can get it right
here through Alyssas Motel web site.
22 inches, six pounds, Large
Mouth Bass - 16 inches around