A special Test Waters designation intended to enhance fishing for large, wild brook trout at Jobs Pond in Westmore and Martins Pond in Peacham goes into effect with the start of trout season on April 13.
Jobs and Martins Ponds are two of just a handful of ponds in Vermont that have significant numbers of wild brook trout, and they are the only two ponds in the state that consistently produce wild brook trout longer than 15 inches.
“This Test Waters designation should contribute to even better fishing at these two special ponds,” said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist with the Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department.
The Test Waters designation includes a two trout per day creel limit and a 12 to 15 inch protected slot limit. Anglers have to release all trout between 12 and 15 inches, and they may only keep one trout over 15 inches per day.
State fisheries biologists have kept a close eye on the fish and fishing at both ponds in recent years, and they will continue to do so. The biologists will evaluate the effectiveness and popularity of the Test Waters designation over the next few years before making recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Board about a permanent regulation for the two ponds.