Key Species: brook trout Best Way to Fish: canoe, bank Best Time to Fish: late April through June MAG: 23, E-1
Description: This small pond and surrounding 543-acre parcel is managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. The pond is an impoundment, surrounded by wetlands and forest. Waterfowl nesting boxes have been built throughout the wetland, providing homes for the once-scarce wood duck. Wild rice has been introduced and serves as food for a wide variety of waterfowl. Easy access and the chance to get up close to nature make this a perfect spot for families with children. Some fishing can be done from the shore by the dam and boat ramp.
Motels are available on U.S. Route 1 and U.S. 1A, and a campground is located on Verona Island.
Fishing index: Native brook trout are the main species here. Local anglers using worms begin fishing from shore in April, as soon as the ice leaves the pond. In May and June, when aquatic insects hatch, fly fishers canoe to the head of the pond where a small stream enters to take native brook trout on dry flies in the evening. Try small hairwing royal coachmen, Adams, dun variants, and caddis patterns. This pond gets little fishing pressure even though it is so close to busy U.S. Route 1.
Directions: Drive east on U.S. Route 1 in Stockton Springs. After going under a railroad bridge in Sandy Point, look for the Muskrat Road, on the left. The first right turn on the Muskrat Road, just a short distance from U.S. Route 1A, leads to the dam and boat landing on the Sandy Point Flowage.
For more information: Call the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Regional Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Bangor.