Watch Thousands of Fish Blasted Out of a Plane to Restock Utah Lake

By: | September 11th, 2018

Have you ever seen flying fish? Well, if you happen to be visiting one of Utah’s many remote mountain lakes, you can get a chance to see fishes in the sky.

Utah is famous for excellent trout fishing in high mountain lakes. However, for keeping these lakes open for fishing throughout the year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has to periodically transport thousands of trout fishes to Utah’s mountain lakes.

Recently the DWR shared a video showing the amazing way they restock the state’s mountain lakes with fish. In the video, the small fish are blasted out from the bottom of an airplane in a billowing jet of water.

This is the way the DWR stocks over 200 of Utah’s remote mountain lakes. They prefer planes for this purpose, as usually these lakes are far from roads and it would take a long time to reach them by land. Utah’s lakes would have gone fishless if the DWR had not resorted to this method.

The DWR explained, “The fish are tiny – anywhere from 1 to 3 inches long — which allows more than 95 percent of them to survive the fall.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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