The Virden Fish Pond might just be one of the best-kept secrets in the town.
There is a sign that was paid for by the Virden Elks to direct people towards the pond, but when the Elks folded it was a mystery too many if the Fish Pond was still stocked, by whom and how often, even though the sign still stood.
Each year the Fish Pond is stocked, and has been since 1990. This year there were 400 Rainbow Trout fingerlings stocked in the pond; 200, four-inch fingerlings and 200, eightinch fingerlings.
Ken Angus and Allen Elliott picked up the fish fry’s from the Roblin area; which get them from South Dakota. Elliot has been looking after the pond since day one, and Angus is in his third year.
“There are no rules, that was one of the things when we dug [the pond]. You don’t have to have a license and you can take home as many as you want.” Elliot said, “The people that really don’t want to buy a license and want to take their kids, they can go down and fish, so it works out great.”
The Virden Elk’s left $10,000 to stock the pond each year until the money was all used up.
With no winter kill, it allows fishermen to enjoy the pond all year long. Elliot said, “We have an aerator... I put a fish shack down there in the winter time; there are a few people that come down and fish.”
The upkeep to the pond has been a community project with lots of local people chipping in to help.
Elliot said, “I have loved stocking [the pond] all these years.”