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-based trout ponds! Our ponds are stocked with 12 to 15 inch Rainbow Trout. The trout ponds are available to fish Sun-Thurs from 8am-5:30pm and Fri-Sat from 8am-7:30pm. 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.
Current trout prices: Less than 10 pounds = $6.15 per pound
10 pounds or more = $5.45 per pound
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.
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: mealworms, nightcrawlers, 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 the battle that are, well, spoiled. That's particularly true when anglers pursue trout. Trout are legendarily delicious and tender, 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 you need to keep in mind when you fish for trout. First of all, trout are aggressive. You've got to catch them before they're gone. Because of this, 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 and it's very susceptible to naturally occurring enzymes that deteriorate it. Recreational anglers have to keep the fish whole, but they can greatly hinder the enzymatic breakdown by keeping the fish exceptionally cold. In the case of fee-based trout ponds, the caught trout may not legally be sliced, gutted, or filleted while on site. Therefore, we recommend purchasing a bag of ice, putting it in a chest, and recognize that every fish you add to the chest will quickly raise the temperature of the chest.
PUT YOUR FISH ON ICE IMMEDIATELY AND CLEAN THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID SPOILAGE, ESPECIALLY IN HOT WEATHER!