Something Fishy

Ever wonder how those fish you love to cast your net for get to your fishing spot of choice? Well around here, many are stocked by the Montebello State Fish Hatchery (just 15 minutes from our cottages).

Although this is the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fishery’s smallest hatchery, Montebello gets by far the highest public visitation owing to its location near the

Blue Ridge Parkway

and the GeorgeWashingtonNational Forest. Montebello was originally a private, commercial hatchery operated by VDGIF under a lease agreement from about 1930 until the 1970s when the Department purchased it. Its location east of the Blue Ridge and near some of the most popular trout waters in Northern Virginia makes it a very important hatchery for the agency.  It is also the main source of trout for Virginia’s Urban Fishing Program, which is located entirely in the eastern half of the state. About 60,000 pounds of brook, rainbow and brown trout are grown each year at Montebello from fingerlings supplied by other hatcheries. No spawning is done at this hatchery.  During 2001, Montebello produced more than 166,000 catchable size trout. All of Montebello’s trout are reared in 33 outdoor raceways that are supplied with water mostly from on-site springs, but also from nearby Mill Creek.

Like to fish? Call us up for some pointers on great fishing spots a stone’s throw from Alpine Hideaway. A peaceful day of fishing can’t end any better than with a placid stay in one of our cozy cottages!

Your Hosts,
Bill and Eileen Hoernlein

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