If head up to one of the mountain lakes in the Cloud Peak Wilderness today or tomorrow, you might encounter some low-flying helicopters. That's because the Game and Fish Department, in collaboration with the Forest Service, is stocking fish in some of the country's most popular fishing destinations. According to information specialist for the Game and Fish, Warren Mischke, helicopter is the best way to get the job done.
According to a media release from the Game and Fish, lakes in the Cloud Peak Wilderness are stocked this way in either two or four-year rotations. The fish stocked will be small—about two or four inches, but will be big and ready to be caught in two or three years, according to Mischke. Only a small percentage of high-mountain lakes are stocked, and many others have wild, self-sustaining fish populations.