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Fishing at Saddleback

The Saddleback Spur Series: Fishing Rock & Midway Ponds


Nestled in the heart of Maine's picturesque landscape lies the hidden gems known as Rock and Midway Ponds. These pristine bodies of water offer a serene escape for tranquility seekers. Located on Saddleback Mountain in the Rangeley Lakes Region, this idyllic destination boasts crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush forests and towering mountains. Whether you're meditating on the water's edge or enjoying a leisurely picnic by the shore between casts, the calmness of these ponds will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. 



A short stride along the Saddleback Spur of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail brings you to Rock and Midway Ponds.  These ponds have been fished for generations and you will find long-worn social paths circling the pond.  No matter the conditions, their beauty is unmatchable.  When a hatch is on it’s one of the best fishing spots in the region. Just make sure to wear bug spray in June! 


This is THE IDEAL spot for those little anglers. After just a 10 minute hike over easy terrain you can be fully in the thick of it.  Most waters in the region are fly fishing only, however, these ponds are available for worm [bobber] fishing!  Plus, they are open after the regular season closes and are stocked [I’ll leave this IFW Stocking Report link right HERE].  It makes for an easy extraction if things go south, but is also a chance to make some core memories.  


Rock and Midway Ponds are a haven for those seeking serenity and natural beauty. Whether you're a trail runner, angler, photographer, or simply someone in need of a peaceful getaway, these hidden treasures in Rangeley, Maine, are sure to leave a lasting impression. 


The beauty of Rock and Midway Ponds is best experienced during the fall season when the foliage transforms into a vibrant tapestry of red, orange, and gold. This spectacle of nature creates an awe-inspiring backdrop for photographers and nature lovers.  Make sure to bring your camera and enjoy those crisp Autumn afternoons. 


Please respect the landowner by not camping, kindling no fires, and and keeping this place pristine. Make sure to have a license and know the regulations when fishing in our region. Local colleges are also conducting studies on these ponds, so we ask that if you see their instruments to not tamper with them.