Aerial Bombardment: Fish In Freefall

There’s only one way to transport stocker-size trout and other gamefish to remote waters—by air. What’s amazing is the delivery system.

At first glance at the photo above, it might be hard to decipher that what you’re seeing are fish being released from the belly of an aircraft. Aerial stocking is common, however, and is often the only way biologists have to deliver fish to high-elevation lakes and other waters in roadless areas. Thanks to advancements in video technology, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, we can see it, for the first time, more from the fish’s point of view.




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