The success of the Round Pond treatment will not be known for several years, but recent monitoring on the first pond (Little Concord Pond - Woodstock) reclaimed under “5 in 5” in 2011 indicated a successful treatment (no invasives captured) and the development of a high quality, multiage class brook trout fishery supporting trout up to 3 pounds (see photo 2).
The unusually hot air temperatures experienced this fall created atypical safety concerns for applicators working in rough terrain while wearing required personal protection equipment including rubber gloves, full face masks and non-breathable pants/coats.
One of over 50 beaver dams temporarily breached at Round Pond.
What began as a project starter developed into a partnership that benefited the Department, TU, and Maine’s angling community, but before I get to the “warm and fuzzy” stuff let me offer some insight regarding the challenges of our most recent reclamation on Round Pond.
Several small ponds nestled in the foothills of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) support native brook trout fisheries that have been managed by the Department since the 1950s.
To the angler it may be just good enough knowing that some good brook trout fishing was restored.
February 6, 2015 Little Moxie Pond Project Report - Submitted by Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Biologist, Moosehead Lake Region When our research project began on Little Moxie Pond in 1994, the pond was not considered one of the best trout ponds that the Moosehead Lake Region had to offer.Golden shiners are known to spawn throughout the open water season and their eggs are more resistant to rotenone and treated flowing waters do not remain toxic for very long.The pond has a long history of Department stocking so there was no need to incur additional expense to conserve the genetic integrity of the brook trout population.An expansive drainage area required treatment, including a long inlet and outlet with flowages and numerous boggy inlets.Logistics were further complicated by very limited access for equipment and personnel.Multiple teams methodically treated all compartments within the treatment area.