ABOVE LONESOME LAKE, N.H. (AP) — In the remote ponds and lakes of New Hampshire, there’s fly fishing, and then there’s fish flying.
Thanks to a decades-old program run by the state Fish and Game department, anglers who are willing to hike through the woods to get to water are rewarded with brook trout that are brought in just for them by private helicopter.
In the early 1900s, the state used to dump fish into metal milk cans and carry them to secluded lakes and ponds on foot. In the 1940s, it used fixed-wing aircraft, but since the 70s has been using a helicopter.
In a single day last week, the helicopter dropped more than 114,000 brook trout into 48 lakes and ponds. It was a quick finish to a long process of raising the fish.