|Details:||Met my father in Oxford, ME, for what is turning into an annual spring fishing trip to that area. Headed up Thursday afternoon with the kayaks and returned home Saturday afternoon before the thunderstorms rolled in up there (couldn't miss mother's day either). We stayed at a campground on Hogan Pond, which is a relativly small pond, but perfect for kayaks - it also connects to Whitney Pond, which is slightly bigger than Hogan. The camp owners claim 7 pounders get taken out of there, but the largest I've seen is around 3lb. Not a bad little pond, but after a few hours (Thurs night and Fri morning) we had seen just about everything it had to offer. All bass were in the 2lb range, and we also caught a couple of yellow perch and pickeral.
Friday we decided to hit up Lower Range Pond in Poland. Crystal clear water (visability to 12-15') with a mixture of largemouth and smallies. LOTS of structure and cover to fish here, plus there's a 9.9hp engine limit, so we didn't have to worry about getting knocked around by the big boats. Again most largemouth were in the 2lb range, but I did get a 3 1/2 lb smallmouth. We came back again Saturday morning before the t-storms for a couple of hours. All said and done we caught a couple dozen bass, a handful of pickeral, two yellow perch - and my dad picked up a Fenwick rod and Penn reel on his anchor!
I would highly recommend the Range Ponds if anyone is in the area. Lower is the smallest (and has the HP restriction) and has a state park where you can launch. There is also a Bald Eagle nest with a male, female, and two young ones on an island - apparently they come back year after year. Middle Range and Upper Range are connected to each other, and I believe both have boat ramps. These two are much bigger, but from what the locals said, the fishing is just as good! I won't bore you with tons of pictures of 2lb bass, but here are a few others from the trip.