Flying fish: See how Utah restocks lakes inaccessible by truck

UTAH (KSTU) — Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources ensures the state’s lakes are filled with native fish, and sometimes the only way to do so is by plane.

Ted Hallows supervises the State Hatchery in Kamas and cares for thousands of baby fish until they’re big enough to be released.

“I got the idea to put the GoPro on the plane,” he said.

“We’re in charge of coordinating the aerial stock statewide,” Hallows added. “In June and July we aerial stock tiger trout, a lot of brook trout, rainbow trout and splake and then in the fall we put cutthroat trout and arctic grayling in the lakes.”

If they can’t reach a lake by land, they turn to the skies.

“(The fish) kind of flutter down, so they don’t impact very hard, they flutter with the water and they do really well,” Hallows said.

Although some of the fish die, anglers say they’re happy someone is keeping the lakes stocked. Depending on the fish species, some lakes are stocked annually, while others are stocked every three years.

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