Hardly anyone believes me when I tell them... The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks native cutthroat trout in high altitude lakes with airplanes. No Joke.
Flying modified Cessna 185 airplanes, four specialized pilots stock the native trout in around 300 lakes ranging in altitude from 10,000 - 12,000 feet. They drop hundreds to thousands of fish on each bombing run before they cycle back, fill up with more fingerlings and head out for another white-knuckle pass over the Rocky Mountains.
DOW Pilot Steve Waters agreed to let me tag along and shoot the operation from start to finish, from installing the specially designed "fish tank" to watching an actual fish drop in the shadow of Mt. Sneffels, high in the San Juan mountain range.