15 Places To Bring the Kids Fishing Near Calgary Alberta

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Easy access stocked fishing ponds in Southern Alberta Canada.

15 Stocked Fishing Ponds near Calgary Alberta Canada that are ideal for kids!

Here is a fun list of 15 places to bring the kids fishing near Calgary Alberta. Ranging from right here in Calgary to about 2.5 hours away. Most people like to get out and try new places, as well, kids absolutely love exploring somewhere new! Therefore it is important to know that each fishing destination has its own set of rules and regulations. Because these rules can change often, I won't post specifics for each one but will give you an idea of what you need to look out for.

Rainbow Trout caught in southern Alberta Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Reeling in a trout in southern Alberta Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Brown Trout at Bow Habitat Station Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Granum Fishing Pond in Alberta Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Bring the Kids Fishing Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Fishing Pond in Southern Alberta Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Cutthroat Trout Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Bow Habitat Station Fishery Photo Credit - Andrea Horning

Rules and Regulations to Consider at these 15 Places to Bring the Kids Fishing Near Alberta Canada

Some Alberta fishing regulations to be aware of when venturing to these or any other fishing destinations-

Is it currently open for fishing? (Seasonal open and close dates) - Some of these areas are available to fish year round while others have open and close dates throughout the year. Please check to make sure you are fishing during open season on any body of water.

Barbless or Barbed hooks - Some of these locations require you to have barbless hooks while fishing. Easily done with your everyday gear by pinching the small barb (that catch lip on the tip of your fishing hooks) with your pliers. Alternatively, you can sand it down with a file as well as the option of purchasing barbless hooks.

Bait vs No Bait - This is a big one as it varies for each and every location you'll visit while fishing. Is bait allowed? Please understand what is considered bait. Even your scented plastic worms are classified as bait in southern Alberta.

Fishing Hours (Daily) - Some places have open and closed times and are not open for fishing 24 hours a day.

Catch and Release or Allowed a Catch Limit - Another important factor is whether you can keep any of the fish you catch or not. Some of these destinations are strictly catch-and-release while others have catch limits of what you are allowed to keep.

Licenses - Anyone over 16 and under 65 that is helping a child fish needs to have their Alberta Fishing License, excluding First Nations Persons,  which can be acquired easily from such places as Canadian Tire, Cabela's, or just about any outdoor retailer or parks office. Licenses in Alberta are valid from April 1st to March 31st each year, not January to December. Day pass licenses are available as well!

It's pretty easy to do a direct internet search for the specific area you want to fish and find out all the information you need before heading out for an enjoyable day of fishing in Southern Alberta.  


15 Stocked Southern Alberta Fishing Locations

Kids Can Catch Trout Pond - Closed for the 2023 season!

Located right in Calgary at the Bow Habitat Station

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


DeWitt Pond - Calgary/Airdrie

Stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout


Airdrie Pond - Nose Creek Regional Park - Airdrie

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


McLean Pond - McLean Pond Day Use Area - Bragg Creek

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


Mount Lorette Ponds- Mount Lorette Ponds Day Use Area  - Kananaskis

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


Dickson Trout Pond - Spruce View

Stocked with Rainbow Trout and Tiger Trout


Kraft (Wimborne) Pond - Wimborne Alberta

Stocked with Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Tiger Trout


Riverstone Pond - Lethbridge

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


Grotto Mountain Pond - Exshaw

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


McVinnie Trout Pond (McVinne Reservoir) - East of Claresholm

Stocked with Rainbow Trout and Tiger Trout


Mitford Pond - Cochrane

Stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout


Vulcan Fishing Pond - Vulcan

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


Granum Pond - Granum

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


Emerson Lake - High River

Stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout


Crossfield Fish Pond - Crossfield

Stocked with Rainbow Trout


Take the Kids Fishing in Alberta Canada

There we have it!  If you have ever wondered where to bring the kids fishing, now you know!  Get outside and find somewhere new to explore, try some new techniques, or try fishing for the 1st time! I hope this list gives you a few new ideas to get you and the kids out fishing this year.


My Feature Photos

Little Seeker attending a fishing seminar with Wes David. Photo Credit - Andrea Horning
Custom Len Thompson Lure. Photo Credit - Andrea Horning

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Comments 16

Cary Horning on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 02:20

Great list Andrea! I am sure this will help out a lot of parents looking to take their kids fishing.

Great list Andrea! I am sure this will help out a lot of parents looking to take their kids fishing.
Kim Kenyon on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 05:03

I really like how you provide the list of things to think about when heading to a fishing location.

I really like how you provide the list of things to think about when heading to a fishing location.
Andrea Horning on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 18:47

Fishing is a ton of fun, and easy once you get into it. But there is definitely a lot to keep in mind when heading out to make sure you're being a responsible angler.

Fishing is a ton of fun, and easy once you get into it. But there is definitely a lot to keep in mind when heading out to make sure you're being a responsible angler.
Cora Lee Rennie on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 11:01

Great informative article Andrea! I love how you are raising your child as a little adventure seeker! I found it so interesting to learn that ponds are stocked with fish in many places within Alberta. I tried fishing while I lived there !

Great informative article Andrea! I love how you are raising your child as a little adventure seeker! I found it so interesting to learn that ponds are stocked with fish in many places within Alberta. I tried fishing while I lived there !
Andrea Horning on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 13:30

Cora Lee Rennie Thank you! And this is only a small portion of our stocked waterways in Alberta. Glad you tried fishing while here, I would love to go fishing in your neck of the woods one day!

Cora Lee Rennie Thank you! And this is only a small portion of our stocked waterways in Alberta. Glad you tried fishing while here, I would love to go fishing in your neck of the woods one day!
Andrea Horning on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 13:32

Cary Horning Thanks! I'm excited for the upcoming fishing season with Little Seeker. Always makes me smile to see kids out fishing

Cary Horning Thanks! I'm excited for the upcoming fishing season with Little Seeker. Always makes me smile to see kids out fishing :)
Sonya Richmond on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 17:46

I had no idea there were so many great fishing opportunities in Alberta! I confess I have never tried fishing, but your articles and photos are convincing me to give it a try! Great article!

I had no idea there were so many great fishing opportunities in Alberta! I confess I have never tried fishing, but your articles and photos are convincing me to give it a try! Great article!
Andrea Horning on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 18:51

Thank you! I can only imagine some of the sweet honey holes you guys have found unknowingly on your travels on The Trans Canada Trail

Thank you! I can only imagine some of the sweet honey holes you guys have found unknowingly on your travels on The Trans Canada Trail :)
Rene Coatta on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 18:04

Such a great list!! Those are some awesome fishing spots!

Such a great list!! Those are some awesome fishing spots!
Andrea Horning on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 18:55

Thanks! I am after a tiger trout this year. I have never caught one of them before and it's a bit of a newer species to be stocked in our "local" ponds. Pretty excited for the upcoming fishing season!

Thanks! I am after a tiger trout this year. I have never caught one of them before and it's a bit of a newer species to be stocked in our "local" ponds. Pretty excited for the upcoming fishing season!
Diana Mohrsen on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 22:46

A very comprehensive look at fishing in Southern Alberta. You've made it easy for families to plan an outing.

A very comprehensive look at fishing in Southern Alberta. You've made it easy for families to plan an outing.
Andrea Horning on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 23:17

Mission accomplished then haha

Mission accomplished then haha :)
Diana Mohrsen on Tuesday, 28 March 2023 23:41

Sonya Richmond I'm with you, Sonya. I've not tried fishing. But these blogs have me wanting to give it a try, especially if I can toss them back in.

Sonya Richmond I'm with you, Sonya. I've not tried fishing. But these blogs have me wanting to give it a try, especially if I can toss them back in.
Cora Lee Rennie on Monday, 05 June 2023 23:42

Look it’s Wes David 😍! Love this article Andrea! You are a wealth of knowledge regarding fishing in Alberta Canada!

Look it’s Wes David 😍! Love this article Andrea! You are a wealth of knowledge regarding fishing in Alberta Canada!
Lisa Muldoon on Saturday, 10 June 2023 04:03

This is a great list! Thanks for sharing. Maybe we can go fishing next time I visit Alberta.

This is a great list! Thanks for sharing. Maybe we can go fishing next time I visit Alberta. :D
Andrea Horning on Saturday, 10 June 2023 13:28

Absolutely! Or next time I am home in Ontario! I sure miss my Ontario species of fish, would be super fun to get out fishing with you

Absolutely! Or next time I am home in Ontario! I sure miss my Ontario species of fish, would be super fun to get out fishing with you :)
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