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Janine Davis

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Have you ever wondered how all the trout and smaller fish get into our nation’s lakes and streams? There is a method. And it’s called ‘aerial restocking.’

That’s when staff with Wildlife Divisions literally throw the fish into a lake or stream in one fell swoop from a plane. Here’s a shot of what it looks like when the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conducted an ‘aerial restocking’ recently. And don’t worry, the fish don’t get injured during the process. The process is normal and has been done since the 1950s.

During the process, pilots dump up to 35,000 trout into 40 to 60 lakes within hours.