Flying fish: video shows Utah wildlife agency restocking lake by plane

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The Utah division of wildlife resources has released video footage showing what looks like confetti coming out of the tail of a plane – but look closer and the stream actually contains live airborne fish cascading down into the lakes below.

The fish – which are usually 1in-3in long and include rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, tiger trout, splake and Arctic grayling – are specifically raised for fishing. They’re dropped into fishless lakes that don’t have any natural reproduction, and they are often sterile. Utah’s DWR says this allows the state to control their numbers and does not affect any native fish populations.

This method of stocking, in which the small fish can survive the high fall due to their size, has been used since the 1950s. According to the UDWR, aerial restocking is quicker and less stressful for the fish than the earlier method of bringing the fish to the high locations in milk cans on horses.

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