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Friday, May 25, 2012

Kid's Fishing Opportunities - Aldens Pond, Gorham Maine

Continuing the pursuit to satisfy my son's new insatiable appetite for fishing, we turned our attention to another kid's fishing only pond in a neighboring town. 

Aldens pond, as it's called, is located behind the University of Southern Maine's Gorham campus and can be quickly accessed via a path that starts from the parking area to the far western side of the campus, just beside the Campus Police building. It's a 5 minute walk to the pond, just follow the trail to the logging road and continue on back. The upper pond - if you make it there - is not the one to fish in (we found by experience).

Aldens pond is stocked annually for children's fishing tournaments and kid's fishing opportunities and you must be under age 16 to have a pole in your hand else you may be paying a fine. Based on what research I could find, the pond also contains pickerel, hornpout, sunfish, minnows, suckers and killifish. There have also been reports of goldfish being illegally dumped in the pond but we didn't see any!

While we were there, Monkey had a blast fighting the beautiful brookies that kept taking his lures. They jumped and hopped and fought like crazy - he was in heaven! I enjoyed the solitude - it felt like we were in the wild, not behind a multi-million dollar college campus. Woodchucks passed within a hundred yards and the birds sang like fools in the treetops. It was hard to get up and go but the house doesn't clean itself. 

As of May 2012 - the regulations for fishing Alden's pond are as follows:
  • CI - Closed for Ice Fishing
  • S-9 - Open to fishing only for persons under 16 years of age. Restricted to two lines per person. Daily bag limit on trout: 2 fish.

Additional information - for your reading pleasure:


Aldens Pond in the late afternoon sun

Yeah - posted. Don't bring your pole if you aren't under 16 ;)

Serious fishing



Distracted by jumpers

Pine Warbler serenade

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