Ever wondered how remote lake and ponds get stocked with fish in the Adirondacks? Do they drive the fish in? Hike them in? Nope! They fly them in with sea planes!
One of our Facebook fans shared this video of Payne Sea Plane Service stocking remote ponds. Sea planes have been used to stock fish in the Adirondacks since the 1940’s! Each plane is outfitted with four tanks, so four different ponds can be stocked per flight.
It looks like quite a drop, but the fish are only out of the water for about a second, and maintain almost a 100% survival rate!
Check out the video below, shot during a day of stocking in the Hamilton County backcountry. And the flying skills, wow!
Payne Sea Plane Service stocking Brook Trout in remote ponds in the Adirondacks. from Adirondack Mountain Productions on Vimeo.