McIntire Pond Fishery Management

FISHERY INTERIM SUMMARY REPORT SERIES NO. 08-01
JOB F-024
INTERIM SUMMARY REPORT NO. 1 (2007)

SUMMARY

McIntire Pond, located in Franklin County, provides a fishery for brook trout.  This 20-acre pond had no trout when first surveyed in 1980 but has been stocked annually since 1981. McIntire Pond brook trout grow well and progressively restrictive regulations have been imposed since 1982 in an effort to produce a quality/trophy fishery.  A wild trout population has become established in recent years.  The brook trout population has been monitored annually by voluntary angler surveys and periodically by gillnetting and by fall trapnetting.  The increasing number of wild brook trout is attributed to imposition of restrictive regulations and increased tendency of anglers to voluntarily release legal-size trout, which together allow escapement of sexually mature fish to spawn.  Because the pond periodically winterkills, we recommend continued stocking at a low rate and a liberalization of regulations to encourage harvest of a portion of the mature fish while assuring that enough remain at large to assure continued natural reproduction.

Written by Forrest Bonney

For more information, please contact:

Forrest Bonney, Regional Fishery Biologist
689 Farmington Road
Strong, Maine 04983-9419
Telephone: (207) 7789-3322 Ext. 22
Email: forrest.bonney@maine.gov