Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocks lakes from the air
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … fish?
Technically, it was fish coming out of a plane. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has released video of staffers releasing live fish — in water — from the cargo hold of a plane and into lakes in the state’s Boulder Mountain region. Cars can’t get up there, so the mountain lakes are accessible only by plane for restocking purposes.
In the old days, they used to use transport them on horseback, but the plane method, the agency says, is “less stressful” for all involved. That includes the 1- to 3-inch varieties of trout, splake, and Arctic grayling dropping by the thousands.
The wildlife division specifically raises them for fishing and drops them into lakes that don’t have any fish in them naturally.
“Because the fish are small and released along with water, they easily survive their airplane drop without injury,” the agency said. “They fall a bit like leaves.”
So, while you or I would not enjoy skydiving into a lake with no parachute, these little guys get through it just fine. It’s a real fish-out-of-water tale, but only for a brief moment before they plunge into the water and make a happy home.