I seem to recall myself wishing for rain on many occasions in the past few summers.
This is not one of them. With all the widespread flooding and damage the rain is causing, it can certainly put a damper on things to come.
Don’t get me completely wrong – I love a good rainstorm just as much as the next guy. These fronts can really put a spike in the fishing and can make for a great day in the boat. However, if you can’t even get onto the water, this presents an entirely new problem.
The Chain-of-Lakes and the Fox River are closed to boat traffic, and this includes canoes and kayaks. Guides as well as local bars and restaurants that depend on the pleasure boaters are going to see a huge downturn.
And the rivers are high and coming over their banks, so it makes them too dangerous to even wade. Ponds are on the rise as well and all this change to the water levels also affects the water clarity.
I guess I am just going to have to grab the rain gear and dodge the raindrops as I make my way onto the waterways that are still fishable. Now if I didn’t have to cut the grass every few days I could make even more time to hit the water. Ah, the joys of owning a home and following your other passions. One has to come before the other.
Stay safe out there, and keep dry!