Read and watch this fast and marvel at this ingenuity of conservationists before the liberals find out and complain about fish abuse or some other disturbance of the natural order.
You may not have ever questioned how your favorite mountain fishing spot stayed so bountifully stocked with fish. After all, you were probably just enjoying the nature and sport of it.
However an interesting video is making the rounds of a phenomena that has helped conservationists for decades to monitor the health of these remote fishing lakes and it may surely memorize you.
This is how Utah stocks fish in its mountain lakes. Utah's Department of Natural Resources says air drops are less stressful for the fish than a long journey by ground. More than 95% survive the fall. Utah DNR compares the fish to high divers diving into a deep pool of water. ? pic.twitter.com/n9By2HusQe
— Pattrn (@pattrn) August 29, 2018
Believe it or not, Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources has been using winged aircraft to restock mountain lakes for over 50 years. It’s called areal fish stocking.
Utah Divison of Wildlife Resources Wildlife Review published amazing history about this practice and illustrate why it beats the previous old-fashioned and laborious methods.
So many of Utah’s lakes just aren’t accessible by automobiles, and it states: “The Uinta Mountains alone have more than 650 fishable lakes.”
In 1956 the state started dropping fish from the sky into these beautiful mountain fisheries because in some cases it was the only way to reach the lakes.
As you think back, picture in your mind an old-time Utah Department of Fish and Game biologist. You’re watching as he leads a string of pack horses to a stream and stops.
One by one, he unstraps a handful of milk cans from the side of each horse. Each can contains small brook trout fry. It’s a long trek to the lakes he’ll stock, and he’s stopped at the stream to exchange the old water for fresh water.
After he’s exchanged the water, he ties a gunnysack around the top of each can. The sacks will help keep the water in the cans. Then he straps the cans back to the sides of his trusty horses.
As the pack horses start walking again, the walking of the horses jostles the water in the cans. That aerates the water enough to keep the small fish alive. On long trips, he’ll stop at least once or twice to add fresh water to the cans.”
Milk cans. Horses. Mules. Thats a lot of work. But now conservationists can drop fish from the sky in a much more efficient manner.
The Great Falls Tribune reports 95 percent of the one to three inch fingerlings survive the 150 foot transfer from the air into the lakes and it’s actually less stressful on the fish.
Additionally, they add: “Air stocking is a common practice in many states including the Treasure State, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.”
And besides, this is so cool to watch.
The reality is that more lakes are monitored for heath and stocked more regularly than in decades gone by because we have the ability to use aircraft to do this job.
It wouldn’t surprise me to hear some leftist environmental extremists find fault with this practice, but who cares? I’m going fishing.
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