Pineland Pond Fishing
Early each spring, after all the ice melts, the Pineland Pond comes to life. You’ll find insects and amphibians, crustaceans and fish. The Education Department starts their Frogs, Fish & Wiggles program which gives families the chance to take out the ole catching nets (we’ll provide the nets) and see what they can find. Learn about the habitat of these critters and see them up close. Whether you’re joining the program or off investigating the pond by yourself, we ask that you always practice catch and release. That way the animals we find, stay at home where they belong and we’ll get the chance to see them again in future years. https://shop.pinelandfarms.org/collections/all-classes-events
While we all do our part to preserve the habitat of the smaller critters in the Pineland Pond, the State of Maine has an even larger job. The Maine fish hatchery program began in 1895 and is now one of the longest-running and most productive programs of its kind in the United States. Its goal is to maintain healthy trout & landlocked salmon populations. These native fish don’t always have the habitat they need to thrive. In areas that can’t naturally produce healthy numbers of our native fish, due to human disruption of habitat or other competing species, the hatchery program will stock those areas with fish. They stock about 1.2 million fish a year giving nature a little boost.
All of the fish begin with an egg, taken each fall, primarily from brood stock held at a number of their facilities. Eggs are subsequently hatched and fish grown to stocking size for various programs.
The Pineland Pond is stocked each spring (as schedules/weather/staffing allows) with well over three hundred 10-inch Brook Trout raised from the Dry Mills Hatchery located on Weymouth Rd. in Gray, Maine. This provides the chance for anglers of all abilities to partake in one of Maine’s favorite pastimes.
The Dry Mills Hatchery is attached to the Maine Wildlife Park. With a day pass to the park, visitors are welcome to see/feed the fish and read more about the Maine Fish Hatchery Program as they walk past the trout observation tanks and trout pond. (Due to covid restrictions, this part of the park wasn’t open in 2020 so please check the Maine Wildlife Park website for updates https://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife-park/see-do/fish-hatchery.html ). Hours and fees can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife-park/hours-fees.html
Keep in mind, even though the Pineland Pond is part of the Pineland Farms property, Maine Fishing Laws & Rules do need to be followed. A fishing license is required if you would like to fish in Maine. Luckily, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers an extensive amount of information on the Maine.gov website that will provide you with everything you need to get started.
We recommend checking their stocking report frequently to find out when the pond is stocked and ready for fishing.
We hope you have a great time fishing at the Pineland Pond! Don’t forget to bring some chairs or blankets, pack a lunch or order one from the Market. Limited picnic tables and benches are available for public use.
As per Maine Fishing Laws & Rules the Pineland Pond falls under its General Fishing Law for a small pond, river, stream or brook. From Oct 1 to Mar 31 it is Closed to all fishing.
Ten-Acre Ponds: All ponds of 10 acres or less, whether the pond is natural or artificial, formed on rivers, streams and brooks are governed by the same fishing laws that apply to the river, stream, or brook where the pond is situated (Title 12, §12451).
River, Stream or Brook:
From Apr 1 to Aug 15: Open to open water fishing. • From Aug 16 to Sep 30: Open to open water fishing using artificial lures or flies only. General law length and bag limits apply, except daily bag limit one landlocked salmon and one brook trout. • From Oct 1 to Mar 31: Closed to all fishing