Post By: Abel1 Posted: 8/17/2016 10:24:27 PMPoints: 190
Ok so your the last man on earth. Well you could have a partner of your choice I suppose. Your both going to live forever. The world as you know it is now no bigger than the state of Colorado and the lakes present are all you have. No west coast to send your water too. No eastern state making you drain a perfectly good reservoir because they want "their" water back. No mining to pollute your rivers and most of all no fisheries management. What do you suppose the fishing would be like and what would you do if anything to improve it? How would you enjoy it?
Reply by: FaceHooker Posted: 8/18/2016 3:13:16 AM Points: 304
Well, fishing "pressure" would cease, so as long as I spent equal time at different waters I assume fish would be less finicky... On the other hand, no factories so goodby ready-made fishing line/lures/tackle. I suppose I would go old school and weave basket style fish traps and place them strategically, rotating their placements frequently. Probably also perfect the technique of weaving plant fibers into makeshift "line" and use a bone or stiff wooden stick as a "hook" to impale bait (live/dead/etc) and handline some fish. As far as "improving" the fishing... I would let nature run its course and adapt as needed. I could always snare/trap small game, and after bagging some I could fashion a sturdy yet flexible bowstring. In my opinion, heaven on earth. No traffic, no trash, no distractions, no irrational rules and regulations. That's it, I'm packing up and finding a remote spot on google maps. Just convinced myself that quality of life decreases in relation to man's thirst for "possession" and "authority"
Reply by: riper69 Posted: 8/18/2016 4:37:08 AM Points: 2275
What a thought. You know that's what my ancestors did when they came to the mountains of Colorado. That thought I think is in everybody's dream when they move to Colorado. It is just a fairy tail now that we dream of every night. off to monarch were it almost feels like my own personal fishing paradise
Reply by: D-Zilla Posted: 8/18/2016 6:34:26 AM Points: 2029
I imagine there will be a LOT of fishing gear available to those willing to go find it. Who's going to complain if you raid BPS or Cabelas or SW? Heck, the basics could be had at almost any "big box" store. Then you have eagle claw's factory. I can't imagine you would ever run out of hooks/line/sinkers. Bait is readily available as well, since nature reproduces things like worms/minnows/grasshoppers etc. pretty quickly.
I imagine, it would be heaven until the infrastructure started failing and lakes drained due to damage to dams. I think I would have to learn how to make a Chipotle burrito and Mtn. Dew though......
Reply by: lackskill Posted: 8/18/2016 7:42:36 AM Points: 4131
I would imagine that after a couple years turmoil would ensue for the next 10-15 years because we haven't built self sustaining ecosystems. After that I think nature would find its own equilibrium and fishing would be great in 20 years.
Rudds prefer to live in clear waters that are rich with plant life. They feed on aquatic vegetation when temperatures exceed 18°C. They hunt for live prey on the upper levels, and they prefer waters that are mesotrophic. They were illegally introduced into New Zealand during the 1960s and have actively spread around the country’s waterways. Unfortunately, they also have the potential to create irreversable damage to the ecosystem.
It did not swim here on its own. Must have been in someone's aquarium at some point.
Reply by: D-Zilla Posted: 8/19/2016 6:40:43 AM Points: 2029
I think some of the warm water lakes would go through total changes. Rainbow trout would die off and carp would take off like wild fire. Some of the mountain lakes would grow massive trout after a few years, because they're not being harvested.
Powerbait spills would eventually disappear. Worm boxes and trash would finally bio-degrade and disappear eventually. I'd be able to put my kayak on ANY lake I wanted, even Cherry Creek on a saturday in July.......
I imagine "self-sustaining" lakes would do just that. There would definitely be changes though.
The discovery channel did a series about the world after man, I imagine they were pretty accurate.