Township A Range 12, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It's easy to know that native brook trout are thriving at West Branch Pond Camps. That's because the video shows that they are.
West Branch Pond Camps are one of the oldest sporting camps in Maine. A converted logging camp, they first took moose hunters in 1881. Eric Stirling is the fourth generation of his family to run the camp. They purchased it in 1910.
"It means we're in an environment that's still pristene and high quality," said Stirling. "The water is cold. It's undisturbed. You have a very original Maine thing which is brook trout."
Stirling proved that by taking some underwater movies of the fish. He says he does not advertise his camps as a great brook trout fishery because the fish there are small. Eighteen inches is about the biggest "brookie" or "square tail" that they'll see all summer. Still, he has sports returning every year because West Branch Pond is such an outstanding brook trout fishery.
Located in Maine's Hundred Mile Wilderness, the pond is set below a portion of the Appalachian Trail which runs across the ridge line of the mountains above.