Fishing – Change – Grab your fishing pole, extra line, lures, lead free sinkers and bait as East Pond supports many species of fish including brown trout, rainbow smelt, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white perch, yellow perch. chain pickerel, minnows, white sucker, hornpout (bullhead), pumpkinseed sunfish and black crappie. Maine Fishing Licenses may be purchased the Town Offices, D & L Country Store, 573 Smithfield Rd., Oakland or Tri Pond Variety, 164 Village Rd., Smithfield. Download the Maine Inland Fishing Laws.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife owns a Public Boat Launch on the south end of the lake, off the East Pond Rd. This ramped launch provides numerous parking locations for vehicles with trailers. See The Boater’s Guide to Maine Boating Laws and Responsibilities. Always carry safety equipment (life jackets for all passengers, a whistle or horn, fire extinguisher) in your boat. Please respect other boaters, fishermen, swimmers and our indigenous animals such as loons, osprey, eagles, heron and turtles. Please don’t feed the ducks as they carry “Swimmer’s Itch” and e-coli.
Courtesy Boat Inspectors are hired for the summer by the East Pond Association to inspect boats, trailers, tackle, decoys and live wells for invasive plant fragments such as milfoil which if established in East Pond would begin to grow and rapidly create large masses of vegetation. This would compromise the fishing and the entire ecosystem. We also have several educated, Volunteer Inspectors who provide additional hours of coverage.
Curly-leaf Pondweed, a highly aggressive, aquatic invasive plant has been discovered in the ½ mile of the Serpentine from the point to the dam. Please do not go boating beyond the IF&W Hazard buoy in the Serpentine as we are trying to manage the infestation and will have divers in the water throughout the summer.