Raymond Pond, Raymond
Raymond Pond in Raymond is a relatively small body of water measuring about a mile long by a half mile wide. Its surface area covers 344 acres and its maximum depth is 42 feet. The Maine Depatment of Environmental Protection has rated its water quality as "slightly above average".
Once known as Little Rattlesnake Pond, this lovely body of water sits in a bowl of surrounding hills just east of the larger Crescent Lake. From all points around the shoreline of Raymond Pond you can enjoy wonderful views in all directions.
While Raymond Pond is home to many fish species it is best known as a principal fishery for largemouth and smallmouth bass. For years this pond consistently produced a quality brown trout fishery, however, the lake is now managed for warm water species only. Some natural reproduction of trout occurs in the tributaries but competition is too severe to allow adequate survival of young trout in the lake. Consequently, the trout population has been reduced to a very low level since an annual stocking program was discontinued.
Rocky shorelines, weedy coves, and a good forage base all contribute to sustain a quality bass fishery in Raymond Pond. The white perch have become so numerous that their average size is too small and undesirable for most fishermen. Smelts are present, but competition and predation from the other fish have kept the population relatively low.
Besides fishing, you can enjoy all other kinds of recreational water activity. While not big enough to host the larger sized power boats, Raymond Pond is fine for all kinds of smaller watercraft including canoes, kayaks, and smaller horsepower motorboats.