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Hundreds of fish to fall from the sky into Utah lakes

Watch: Hundreds of Fish Fall From the Sky

UTAH -- Once a year, several planes fly low above some of Utah's lakes and release hundreds of fish as they fall from the sky.

Who is doing it and why? FOX 13 News tracked down the hatchery where thousands of baby fish are being raised, only to be dropped out from the bottom of a plane and into the waters below.

"I got the idea to put the GoPro on the plane," said Ted Hallows, who supervises the State Hatchery in Kamas. He feeds the baby fish until they are grown enough to be released into the wild.

"We're in charge of coordinating the aerial stock statewide," Hallows said.

From the Uintas to The La Sal, wildlife experts with the Division of Wildlife Resources make sure the lakes are filled with Utah's native fish, and sometimes the only way to get there is by plane.

"In June and July we aerial stock tiger trout, a lot of brook trout, rainbow trout and splake and then in the fall we put cutthroat trout and arctic grayling in the lakes," Hallows said.

The fish come out of a compartment at the bottom of the aircraft. Hundreds, sometimes up to a thousand, 3-inch fingerlings are set free, but they don't always make it into the water alive.

"They kind of flutter down, so they don't impact very hard, they flutter with the water and they do really well," Hallows said.

While a small percentage of the fish die, anglers are happy to hear someone is keeping the state's lakes stocked.

"I like the idea and concept of it," Fisherman Nathan Thesing said.

"From a biologist standpoint, certain areas of the High Uintas, browns will obviously do well, cutties will do OKdepending on the oxygen, overall I think, for recreational fishermen, it's an awesome thing, because it's almost Darwinian: you take the fish, whoever survives, survives and the other fish will find its way out," Fisherman George Chao said.

The Division of Wildlife Resources only uses aerial stocking in hard to reach areas like the High Uintas. Depending on the fish species, some are stocked every year, and others every three years.

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vendelavee July 13 2014 at 8:52 AM

Now if only this technique would be applied to illegal immigrants.

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ExAZtential July 13 2014 at 8:37 AM

Just your average fish fly.

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Mike July 12 2014 at 6:06 AM

Isn't this how Utah also restocks their Mormon population?

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kvave July 13 2014 at 12:42 PM

I knew of this Years back. Not in Utah but several Remote locations in the Southwest are serviced in this fashion . MUCH more realistic than driving a Tanker truck over that terrain

However heres one for you : I bet the NEW "Tea Party" extremists would claim the Fish Fell From GOD , and were coated with annointed Oil

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jcrburns7 July 13 2014 at 12:02 PM

I saw Colo game and fish's unit back int the mid 60's. Don made them a nine chamber plus hopper bombing unit so they could do up to 10 lakes per flight. Survival is better with air drops then trucking, particularly for back country lakes. (trucking is not 100% survival either) Fish air drop survival is best when the drop is high enough for the water to fall away from the fish, leaving the fish to flutter down through the air , much like leaves flutter down from trees. CGF's unit is a neat device.

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IBruzEZ July 13 2014 at 7:28 AM

A helicopter might be better depending on how difficult or far it is to get there but very glad they are re-stocking lakes.

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bonanza62 IBruzEZ July 13 2014 at 1:17 PM

It would likely be better, but much more difficult and expensive to obtain and use them for that purpose. It would be a good idea to have an extension to use in the drop that would keep them from hitting the tailwheel of that plane, since that would definitely kill fish.

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punnster July 13 2014 at 1:42 PM

That's nothing down the illegal immigrants are flown and dropped into his many of our cities. The only problem is that many could have communicable diseases and have not been screened. HAVE you had ALL your shots?

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kcarthey punnster July 13 2014 at 3:36 PM

This bit about communicable diseases is a Right Wing rumor propagated by Conservative Blogs and Fox. All of those countries have excellent national health care programs which provide innoculations to children and adults as no cost. In addition, citizens from all over thee world travel there extensively with no problems in terms of communcable diseases.
What you should worry about is insect bourne disease that is moving north. Dengue Fever has spread from Florida to California and killer bees and fire ants are now common place. So cut the scare tactics abou communicable diseases.

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Richard kcarthey July 13 2014 at 5:50 PM

You may be right of fear mongering, but the children of today have been so sterilized that they don't have their own self body resistance to even a slight infection. What happened to eating worms as a kid or dirt cakes etc.? It didn't hurt me, and loved being a kid instead of a personal slave to my parents who expect way too much.

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fultravel101 kcarthey July 13 2014 at 7:19 PM

If they have such great health care, why don't they stay there? Right Wing rumor indeed, I guess all of the physicians that have reported these to the CDC are all tea party activists. Read the news, even the liberal media and they are reporting athat at least some of these illegals are carrying disease. Send them back to their parents and if their parents have come with them, send them back with the children where they should be. If the country is that bad, then maybe we can help them there; not here.

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Richard punnster July 13 2014 at 5:11 PM

Don't believe that uninformed dolt calling himself, kcarthey. Illegal immigrants from Mexico, Central America and South America are prime candidates for carrying infectious diseases. Antibiotic resistant diseases are coming into this country from countries South of our border every year. Some of those kids have already infected our border patrol agents with infectious diseases.

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kcarthey Richard July 13 2014 at 9:37 PM

Do you live in the region or travel in the region? I do. You know nothing about the region nor medicine. You claim that antibiotic resistant diseases are coming into the country. That would be a miracle as antibiotics are not normally used to treat infectious disease in the Region. You cite no proof not even the conservate blog you picked up this misinformation from.

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developalaska July 13 2014 at 12:52 PM

Looks lie Obama care- fly or die

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edhowell July 13 2014 at 12:56 PM

I have seen tiny toads rain down from the sky and there was no aircraft overhead.

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PEACHES + PABLO edhowell July 13 2014 at 3:01 PM

my mother has also seen fish and frogs fall from the sky. l

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hasinecz July 13 2014 at 7:17 AM

why not truck them in?Whats the problem in getting them there other than by air?

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