Wind, Wind, Go Away!

The calendar says May, but it might as well be March — the start of the month that comes in like a lion.

Northwest anglers have been battling strong winds for about a week and a half now, including on Washington’s trout opener.

I found myself in the thick of the gale last Thursday on Drano Lake, well known for windy days, but talking and emailing with other anglers today, battles with the breeze have also been taking place on Puget Sound and Drano again yesterday, Wind River on Saturday and across the Columbia Basin for the past week.

“Right now we’re in the middle of a dust storm,” growled Northwest Sportsman writer Leroy Ledeboer in Moses Lake around 1:30 p.m. today.

So nobody’s out fishing walleye on the lake, Leroy?

“Hahahahahahahahaha,” he laughed maniacally. “You’d have to have a pretty big boat and be kinda nuts.”

The Basin’s covered in a massive wind warning that extends from Snoqualmie Pass to Devils Lake, North Dakota while large swaths of Northeastern Oregon fall under dust storm warnings.

Basically, the fish get the day off.

Johnny Burg at the National Weather Service in Seattle says today’s storm is typical of a winter one, but that the jet stream has also directed its focus at the Northwest over the past week.

Temps should be in the mid-60s, but they’re only in the low 50s, he says; the snow level’s down to 2,000 feet.

Remember those warm days last January and February, the ones that made me weep about my melting ice fishing coverage?

Recent weather is “just Mother Nature’s way of saying ‘Now you’re going to pay for the good weather last winter,'” Burg says.

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