Key Species: brown trout, white perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel
Best Way to Fish: bank, canoe, boat
Best Time to Fish: April through September
MAG: 14, D-1
Description: Seven Tree Pond is a 490-acre flow-through pond for the St. George River. The pond is set in the hilly farm country typical of this part of Maine. It receives annual stockings of brown trout, usually 400 to 500 fish from 10 to 14 inches long. Within two years of stocking, these fish can gain several pounds and reach lengths of 17 to 20 inches. The upper half of the pond is the shallow end, with depths from 5 to 20 feet; the north end is from 20 to 45 feet deep. The pond is mentioned in Come Spring, a historic novel about colonial life in Maine by Ben Ames Williams. Ayer Park provides parking, picnicking, and a boat ramp.
Special regulations include a fall fishing season from October 1 to November 30; all trout, landlocked salmon, lake trout, and bass are to be released alive at once. Seven Tree Pond is a good example of the Open Water Fishing Regulations booklet sometimes mentioning fish that do not exist in the body of water cited. Landlocked salmon and lake trout are not even found in Seven Tree Pond. For this reason, you should not rely on the regulations booklet as a guide to fish species in a given body of water.
Fishing index: As soon as the ice leaves, usually in late April, white perch perform their annual spawning ritual near shore at Ayer Park, on the north end of Seven Tree Pond. Most anglers fish from shore using earthworms, but you can take spawning perch on small Mepps spinners and small lead-head jigs. Ultralight spinning tackle and 4-pound test line is best for perch fishing. Evening is the best time of day, but the fish remain until early morning. Since few anglers fish for spawning perch in the morning, you can have the shore to yourself as you catch a mess of tasty white perch. This is also the time to do some trolling for brown trout. Use a 9-foot fly rod of at least 6 weight and a sinking fly line. Troll with live minnows, tandem-hook streamer flies (gray ghost, black ghost, yellow perch, and Jerry’s smelt), or lures such as Mooselook Wobblers and Flash Kings. Bass fishing is good all along the shoreline in May and June. Use poppers or deer-hair bass bugs in the early morning and evening; at other times, try black plastic worms. Bothlargemouth and smallmouth bass will respond to these lures. Later on in the summer and into September, try drifting with lead-head jigs for smallmouths in the south end of the pond.
Directions: From Rockland, take Maine Route 17 north to Union. In Union, take Maine Route 235 south for about one mile. The park and boat ramp are on the left where the St. George River enters the pond.
For more information: Contact The Outdoor Sportsman.