Hot Weather Trout Behavior

July 20, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

Maine fisheries biologist Bobby Van Riper offers an interesting observation about where in the water column trout will lie during the hottest days of summer. “‘This is a very stressful time of year for fish. They get bunched up in a narrow sliver of water,’ says Van Riper. That sliver, he says, is near bottom, but not too close, because the farther down you get in a pond, the less oxygen there is. Bacteria from decomposing organic matter eats up the oxygen, so even if the water temperature is ideal, the fish might not be able to survive.” Dave Sherwood on MaineToday.com.