Salmon are on the move. Loaded in the nondescript tank of a stocking truck, they’re headed to their new homes. Since some destinations are only accessible by foot, the tanker truck drives to the trailhead. There, hikers load their backpacks with oxygenated water and fingerlings. They take off up the trail as quickly as they can to get to the lakes.
“We use a whole variety of measures to get the fish to the lakes, so that makes this job pretty fun. They all leave the hatchery in a truck but what happens after that can be variable,” Andrea Tesch, Hatchery Manager at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery said with a laugh.