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The Brook Trout Pond Survey Project

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Does finding and fishing remote ponds in hopes of catching wild brook trout interest you? If so, then the Brook Trout Pond Survey Project is for you!
This collaborative effort by Maine Audubon (MA), Trout Unlimited (TU), and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is now in its third year. The goal of the project is to recruit volunteers to identify previously undocumented wild brook trout populations in remote Maine ponds. Volunteer anglers have already surveyed 162 ponds, but there are several hundred more that need to be visited.
Volunteer anglers will be provided maps, photos, data sheets, and instructions for how to survey each pond. Volunteers should be enthusiastic about fishing for brook trout, be comfortable in remote settings, and have a sense of adventure. Surveys can be done any time before September 30, but preferably May through July.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer please contact or visit

Identifying Juvenile Salmon & Brook Trout


Atlantic Salmon Parr

Parr have 8 to 11 pigmented bars of “parr marks” along each side of their body, alternating with a single row of red spots along the lateral line.


Eastern Brook Trout

Brook trout can be distinguished from other members of the trout family by the dark, wavy, worm-like lines on their back and the white leading edges on their fins and tail.


Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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