Thousands of fish dropped from plane to replenish Utah’s high-altitude lakes

A video released by the Utah Wildlife Division shows a plane dropping thousands of fish into aerial lakes on top of the mountains.

In the video, a Cessna plane can be seen flying over a lake near the town of Bicknell in south-central Utah. A compartment is released under the plane sending a jet of water and a group of fish into the lake below.

Utah Wildlife Division via Reuters

DWR said it stored about 200 high elevation lakes across Utah last week. Due to their high altitude, the lakes were not accessible by vehicle or other means of refueling.

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The department said aerial stocking in Beehive State is an effective method of stocking that has been in use since the mid-1950s. It said post-seeding net surveys show that the survival of the air-seeded fish is “incredibly high”.

Before planes, the ministry said it loaded fish into milk cans and used horses to travel to these remote areas.

“The aerial method of restocking is much faster and less stressful on the fish,” said DWR.

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Planes used to store fish in lakes can hold hundreds of pounds of water and can drop around 35,000 fish in a single flight.

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