The Len Thompson Pond in Lacombe, Alberta
The Len Thompson fishing pond in Lacombe is a stocked retention pond that provides catch and release (also known as recreational) fishing opportunities for local residents.
The project came to fruition through the efforts of the Lacombe Fish and Game Association and a partnership with the Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd.. The pond is located at the north end of Len Thompson Drive, just past Castle Building Centers.
Since its inception, the Len Thompson Fishing Pond in Lacombe, AB has been consistently used by residents and has evolved into a social gathering place. Youth fishing days are hosted annually and regularly bring out scores of families to partake.
David Thacker (pictured left) and his family are Lacombe residents who frequently use the Len Thompson Fishing Pond and they appreciate the proximity of the pond to their home.
“Kids wouldn’t be able to hop on their bikes and ride out to Gull Lake to fish,” states Thacker, referencing a large lake located 15 km west of Lacombe. He feels that the pond gives Lacombe residents, especially children, an opportunity to fish when otherwise there would be none.
“It is a real benefit to have access to a pond that is only 2 minutes away. On a sunny afternoon we can head down to the pond and have our lines in the water in no time.” Thacker also appreciates that if parents are busy and unable to accompany their kids to the pond, it is easy to grab a friend and head to the water to fish.
In 2004, the Len Thompson Fishing Pond received the Neville Lindsay Memorial Award from the Alberta Fish and Game Association. The award recognizes the best fisheries projects in the Province.
The Len Thompson Pond is Catch and Release only. Catch and release fishing prevents the consumption of pollutants by humans and allows for a more exhilarating fishing experience by recreational users.