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VIDEO: Fly and release

Recreational anglers appreciate state efforts to annually keep lakes and streams stocked with native fish to chase, but in rural areas of Utah wildlife officials take an innovative approach to restocking.

Twice a year, several planes fly low above some of Utah’s most remote lakes and release hundreds of juvenile fish — like a modern day bomb drop.

It’s an unusual but effective and efficient approach to restocking. State wildlife resources officials say the survival rate is excellent for air dropping as many as a thousand of the 3-inch juveniles per pass.

“I got the idea to put the GoPro on the plane,” Ted Hallows, who supervises the State Hatchery in Kamas, told Fox 13 News. He feeds the young fish until they have grown enough to be released into the wild.