Brook trout fishing on Billfish Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine (September 23 and 24, 2017)

This big boy was hiding just above the thermocline about 25 to 30 ft deep! He was released unharmed.

Billfish Pond is a 70-acre body of water located off the Park Tote Road in the northern portion of Baxter State Park (BSP), Piscataquis County, Maine (see The Atlas and Gazetteer map 51 A2). This pond can be accessed by hiking on the Five Ponds Trail for about 2.5 miles starting at Trout Brook Farm on the Park Tote Road. The hike is flat and easy. Click here for full details on renting a camp site and obtaining the key to unlock the canoe which you’ll need to use if your goal is to catch fish. Only one camp site is available on this pond. It is, by far, the lousiest of the seven camp sites for rent on the Five Ponds Trail trout ponds because it is inside the woods, gloomy, without breezes, and with no view of the water…

My son Joel and I are spending three days fishing Lower Fowler Pond and Billfish Pond in order to check both of them off my BSP trout ponds bucket list. We arrive at our tent site in late morning after a sweaty 1.5 hour hike. We spend the early afternoon setting up camp, having lunch, and preparing our fishing equipment. We know from earlier experiences at the park (click here and here for examples) that the trout won’t feed higher up in the water column until early evening when the sun starts setting and the wind dies down. The fishing rules for this pond fall under the general fishing laws, except that (a) use or possession of live fish as bait is prohibited, (b) the use of dead fish, salmon eggs, or worms is allowed, (c) the daily limit on trout is two fish, and (d) only one of those two trout may exceed 14”. Also, the pond remains open to open-water fishing from October 1 to November 30. Ice fishing is forbidden. Check the fishing rules for more restrictions. Unlike the other four pondson the Five Ponds Trail, this one is deep………………………..CONTINUE READING


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

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