The 5625(ish) Rainbow Trout that were loaded into the hatchery truck were destined for nearby Turquoise Lake. Once the truck is loaded the stocking itself is a one-person job, but we tagged along to help.
On the Road.
The lake has been lowered in order to catch the snow melt that is on the way. So Joe had to back several hundred feet down a long boat ramp. I helped him get into position at the bottom.
Once in position you might think that there is an elaborate process to gently introduce the fish into their new environment. Nope! Kick the cap off of the big pipe.
And pull the plug on tank #1.
Tank #1 Going In.
What a Ride!
It takes about 60 seconds for a tank of fish to empty into the lake. On to tank #2.
In the Lake
With their sudden entry into the water we expected to see a casualty or two. But aside from a few confused fish that beached themselves in the excitement all seemed fine. Teri was in charge of helping those few back into the water.
Home Sweet Home!
Our final tasks were to check the water temperature (46 degrees) and get the truck back up the ramp.
Checking the Temperature.
The scenery on our drive back to the hatchery wasn't too shabby!