Catch-and-release fishing lets anglers experience the triumph of landing a huge catch without the hassle of having to fill out adoption papers. Let slippery sons and daughters go with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get all-day fishing at The Lessman Farm (a $20 value).
The Lessman Farm’s 30-acre private pond brims with stocked fish and lush scenery, perfect for catch-and-release fishing by licensed and unlicensed fisherman alike. Head out on a sunny summer day with your own fishing poles, hooks, and well-oiled noodling arms to seek out the company of catfish, crappie, perch, bluegill, and bass. During the all-day fishing session, anglers can choose to cast their lines along 10 acres of bank, or they can bring their own jon boat to reel in legless backstrokers. The Lessman Farm also permits food and drinks during trawling pit stops.
After a day’s worth of fish whispering, swing by Truckhenge, The Lessman Farm’s homage to Stonehenge that’s filled with recycled retro trucks standing on one end, half buried in the ground. Glittering glass sparkles in art such as Beer Bottle City, with sculptures made of thousands of bottles, and The Lessman Farm plays host to various concerts, performance artists, and Crystal Pepsi candlelight vigils.
The Lessman Farm
Nestled upon a patch of land that's passed through the hands of five generations, The Lessman Farm owes much to its current paterfamilias, Ronald Lessman, who began drawing in sightseers and visitors with his catfish pond, self-built house, and otherworldly sculpture gardens. Guests walk the shores or ply the waves of the 30-acre catfish lake, casting for regularly stocked populations of bass, perch, and crappie as they take in the majestic scenery of the rustic prairie. But what draws the most attention from visitors is Truckhenge, an arrangement of half-buried torpedo trucks, mysteriously lifting their engines skywards in what appears to be an industrial-age interpretation of Stonehenge. The Lessmans' outdoor installation is folk art on a monumental scale, proudly flaunting its offbeat flavor and inspiring visitors to express themselves without hesitation or apology or to bury themselves waist-deep in the ground at a 45-degree angle. A healthy respect for individualism and the avant-garde prevails throughout the property, with other attractions drawing attention from tourists, such as the enormous quonset hut farmhouse handmade from recycled materials or the huge beer-bottle glass wall mosaic.
4124 NE Brier Rd.
Topeka, Kansas 66616