Hot and Windy Kayak Fishing on the Colorado River

Our kayak fishing adventure on the lower Colorado River is coming to an end and we are fighting hot and windy weather to get out on the water as much as we can before it’s all over. It’s a race against time and the approaching sweltering summer desert heat. The kayak fishing for largemouth bass has been very good at the usual fishing spots, only kept off the water by the hot desert wind.

We like to get out on the water early, the increasing daytime temperatures make that an almost mandatory procedure. By the time the morning sun peeks over the desert hills, it can already be 75°F on the way to 100°F. The early morning hours are also most likely to have the calmest wind of the day.

Sunrise over the Colorado River on a hot early summer morning

There are endless backwaters and hidden bays that can hold largemouth bass. Some of the areas are not easily accessible by boat, but a kayak has no problem getting to the most remote spots on the river.

Kayak fishing on the lower Colorado River with watermanatwork.com

The largemouth bass fishing early in the mornings has been good just about everywhere. Mild temperatures and calm winds make for ideal kayak fishing conditions.

Kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the lower Colorado River with watermanatwork.com

Same time, out on the river before sunrise, different spot.

Just before sunrise on the Colorado River

The early morning fishing has been good to us on the Colorado River. In some spots, the fish don’t bite at night. Sometimes, the fishing slows down as the sun comes up. The early morning hours are the best chance to land a big largemouth bass.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

It’s a race against the rising sun for prime largemouth bass kayak fishing conditions.

Kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the lower Colorado River with watermanatwork.com

We always seem to be able to pick off a nice bass or two on the paddle back to the launch beach. Clean living I reckon.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

The night fishing at some spots has been very good. When it hits about 9:30 or 10:00AM, the fishing really slows down and it starts to get hot. If the best fishing is at night, you go fishing at night if you want to catch fish.

Kayak fishing at night for largemouth bass on the lower Colorado River with watermanatwork.com

We sacrificed some blood to the hungry mosquitoes but caught some really nice Colorado River largemouth bass.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught at night by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

It’s a good feeling to see the sun coming up and prime fishing conditions for the next couple hours when you already have one or two nice fish on the tab.

Dawn on the Colorado River

The largemouth bass came out to play before sunrise.

Kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the lower Colorado River with watermanatwork.com

Some days the fishing is really good and you can catch them all day long.

Kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the lower Colorado River with watermanatwork.com

No matter what time of day or night it is, as long as you have a line in the water, you have a chance to catch a nice largemouth bass.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

We’re headed back out into the desert for our last chance at Colorado River largemouth bass before we head back to the PacNW where there has been a lot of bad news for fishermen and people who spend a lot of time outdoors, which is just about everybody. Check back soon for more kayak fishing action.

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