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Fishing at Montebello
If you enjoy trout fishing and aren't in the mood to fish on a lake or river then come to Montebello Resort in Nelson County and catch some Rainbow Trout in our fee base trout ponds!  Our ponds are stocked with 12 to 15 inch Rainbow Trout. The trout ponds are available to fish during store hours which are generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours can vary during a particular season so please call us at 540-377-2650 to verify exact times.            

There is no fee to fish but you must keep what you catch. The fish are sold by the pound. Since you will be fishing on private property, a fishing license is not required. If you have any questions about fishing in the trout ponds, please contact us.

If you are just passing by and decide to fish or maybe you left some fishing supplies at home... don't worry......we sell an assortment of fishing poles both adult and children sizes, fishing line, a variety of lures, as well as live and artificial bait in our Country Store.


 *No license required    *Check in store before fishing     *Keep what you catch and pay by the pound  
*Only use buckets provided
   *No Cooler/tackle boxes allowed in pond area     
*All fish caught must be kept..injured fish die   *Please be courteous of your fellow fisherman
*Pond open during store hours only
   *Rinse and bag your fish whole to be weighed in store.   
*No fish cleaning allowed at rinse sink  *Good luck and happy fishing!


Use size 6 or 8 hooks, a bobber, and a good 3-4 feet of lead line.  Trout will bite on a variety of bait: meal worms, night crawlers, power bait, salmon eggs, lures, corn, cheese, etc.  You may get several nibbles before actually getting a bite.  Once you are certain you've got a bite, firmly and quickly flick the rod at your wrist to hook the fish; be sure not to jerk too hard or you will lose the fish!  When pulling the fish ashore, be sure to get some distance between yourself and the water's edge; often times the fish will get off the hook and back into the water if you are too close to the water's edge.  The fish will remain active if you keep some water in the bucket but expect to be splashed!


The last thing you want to do is bring home spoils of battle that are, well, spoiled. But that's precisely what far too many anglers do.  Anglers have certain habits in handling their just-caught fish that are really bad. That's particularly true in where anglers pursue trout.  Trout are legendarily delicious, but they're also exceptionally prone to spoilage.

We all love to eat trout, and catching them is fun, but there are a few things that really work against you.  When you catch trout, they're aggressive. You've got to catch them when they're there, and then they're gone.  So the tendency is to unhook them, and quickly get the bait back in the water. The tendency is not to take care of them. Unfortunately, trout is one of the most delicate fish that swims.

The other problem with trout is that the meat is so tender; it's very susceptible to naturally occurring enzymes that deteriorate it.  Enzymatic action is tough.  The fish's own body enzymes actually work to break down the fish. If you've ever purchased a quarter of beef, and had it hung for two weeks, that's enzymatic action that's causing that beef to self-tenderize when it's hanging in a cooler.  The same thing is happening to fish in an ice chest, but it's a lot faster. Fish has close to no connective tissue, its short grain, easy to dissolve, easy to digest.  Those enzymes immediately go to work, and the biggest source of them is the guts, the intestines.  People don't realize how quickly the enzymes penetrate the body wall and get into the meat. 

Recreational anglers can't necessarily follow suit. In the case of fee based trout ponds, the caught trout may not legally be sliced, gutted or filleted while on site.  Anglers have to keep the fish whole, but they can greatly hinder the enzymatic breakdown by keeping the fish exceptionally cold.  Most will purchase a bag of ice, drop it in the chest and assume it's keeping everything inside cold.  The first few fish you drop on top of the bag will have one fillet that may be nice and cold. Everything above that will be cool but far from cold, and its downhill from there!


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