The ponds here are stocked with rainbow trout or brown trout, and in a separate pond you can catch large-mouth bass. All their stocked fish are naturally fed and they actually have a separate pond, should you want to try your hand at fly fishing. This is really beautiful to watch when it is done well.
This was at the time when they transitioned from raising cattle to raising fish. Needless to say, it wasn’t all done in a day and their hard work has paid off and is equally impressive.
Yvonne walked us out to the first set of ponds, graciously and patiently helped the kids and I get our gear set up to increase our chances of making a big catch. We really gave it a good try with our sad looking equipment. We saw how a family from Toronto caught a big one which really fired us up. Yvonne mentioned there are many visitors from the Toronto and the Kitchener-Waterloo areas coming there throughout the season.
After giving it a try at the first pond, we thought we’d try out some of the other ponds and we noted how every pond tried to outdo the other in charm and beauty. I could have just enjoyed meandering around them all and watching the angler’s activities, it was just so picturesque and peaceful.
Yvonne had to tend to her other visitors, but with our newly found confidence we proceeded to go it alone. Just sitting by the pond was beautiful, and watching the jumping fish helped our impatience. And again it was not too long before I myself had one hooked which we managed to land on our own. The second catch produced just as much excitement as the first! Both the boys and I were yahooing so loud, everyone around us knew we had landed another fish. It was such an amazing experience!
One of the best parts of exploring in Grey has always been the wonderful people I meet and their fascinating stories I get to hear. I really enjoyed meeting Yvonne and listening to her story of hard work and endurance. I much admire their family’s obvious hard work ethic and their love for what they do.
Yvonne and her family have created a family-friendly fishing experience that you will want to experience yourself. When you want to find a friendly spot to fish and actually catch trout, you will not be disappointed if you head out to Wilmer Trout Ponds. And the delicious meal that follows will want you coming back again and again for that wonderful experience of Playing in Grey!