I’m sorry to report that there has been no kayak fishing lately. Of course it sucks when you go somewhere to go fishing and there is no fishing at all, but I think we are starting to see the results of the multiple environmental catastrophes here in the American west. Drought and extreme weather are now the norm. Record snow and rain on the West Coast added a bit of water to empty reservoirs, but most of it ran off into the ocean because the American west is about importing water, not storing it.
Locally, the Colorado River rose to normal levels due to local runoff for about a week, now back to a trickle. We couldn’t go fishing because of the wind that came with all the storms to the north and west of us. Today, the wind is 25-30mph. It’s been that way for the entire months of December and January. It’s windy here in the desert, no doubt, but this is way more wind than I’ve seen in the past five years.
We plan to get back on the water as soon as the wind dies down, when that will be is anybody’s guess. Like the salmon fishing in the PacNW, writing about fishing in the past tense is starting to worry me.