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Old 08-01-2007, 05:34 PM
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..for trout to survive in desert lakes in the Phoenix area through the summer? I was chasing bass at Desert Breeze this morning when I ran into a guy who said he caught a live trout there yesterday. When I questioned him he said it was true, he couldn't believe it himself. He caught it next to one of the bubblers in about 8 feet of water. I thought trout could not survive in water above 70 degrees.
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According to this link, they can, though it's a struggle.
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Exactly what is a bubbler? I'm assuming it's a fountain or oxygenation device? If it's adding oxygen and/or contributing cold water, it would help the fish survive at higher temperatures.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:17 AM
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I'm curious about just how high the temperatures go. At 8 ft deep, it must get up to 90+???

Here in MT people start getting worried around 70F (like you mentioned).
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Old 08-02-2007, 05:54 PM
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Exactly what is a bubbler? I'm assuming it's a fountain or oxygenation device? If it's adding oxygen and/or contributing cold water, it would help the fish survive at higher temperatures.
That's exactly what it is. I have posted this question on a couple different forums and got a very wide range of responses. Everything from the guy is crazy to yes, it's possible. Personally, I would have to see it to believe it.
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One of the reasons trout can't normally survive in water above 70 degrees is that it can't hold nearly enough oxygen for them. It sounds like these trout are the equivalent of an emphysematic who can't survive without an oxygen tank, and that's why their near the bubblers.

Since it was pulled away from the oxygen and through hot water, the fish likely was mostly dead by the time he pulled it out of the water.
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