Fish dropped from plane to restock Utah lakes

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Fish dropped from plane to restock Utah lakes

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Fish and airplanes don’t usually go together well. But don’t worry, we’re not talking about planes plummeting from the sky in this story. No, it’s the fish that are falling! The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have a radical way of restocking remote lakes that gives new meaning to the term “flying fish.”

Hundreds, sometimes up to a thousand fish are air-dropped out of a plane without a parachute, in order to repopulate out-of-the-way lakes. If you’re going to release back into the wild, might as well do it in the wildest way possible.

Ted Hallows, supervisor for the Kamas State Fish Hatchery says, “They kind of flutter down. They don’t impact very hard so they just flutter down with the water and they do well.”

Before they take flight, the fish are farm raised and fed well. And even though a small percentage of the fingerlings don’t survive the free fall, fishermen in the area are happy someone is restocking the lakes by taking to the skies.

So, if you think that being a “fish out of water” is a bad thing, try being a fish dropped by a moving plane and falling from about 150 feet in the air only to end up on somebody’s diner plate.