2017 fishing trip to Boulder Junction (trip #17) is now in the books. Despite winds to 40 mph on one day, high winds another 3, and heavy storms that resulted in lost power, we still managed some good fishing and a good time. Crappies just spawned out. Caught and released plenty using 2" tube jigs and 1/16 oz. jigs. Hit smallies and largemouth using ned rigs and tubes. Released a nice northern that hit a crappie tube, and a musky that decided to T-Bone a smallmouth.
High Lake, Vilas County
I see the weeds..the only option would be to close the lake to boats other than property owners...rent a resort boat...this launch doesn't have the "Lake Guards"...to bad...another lake where power loading should be stopped...it cause so much damage to launches & kicks up alot of mud which isn't good for anything...espessialy when it's a 15 ft. boat with a 50 horse Johnson...come on...watched a guy..fly down the creek doing a least 20 mph last Sat....hate to wish bad...but he almost deserved to hit something
I wasn't stating I didn't believe the sechi disk reading wasn't what it was. by all means, I knew it was a wet spring and all. I was stating that I don't believe the sechi disk reading this year has anything to do with the lack of growth of cabbage out there. High is always fairly clear, might get a green milk hue to it,heck, even an algae bloom on the hottest of summers in aug. a couple feet less of visibility isn't going to kill the cabbage altogether. Take a look at the last 5 yrs. now look back about 10. what is missing? the deep cabbage. year by year it's gotten less n less.along with the "other" weeds getting more and more. they have literally no problem growing in place of where the deep cabbage was. take a strong look in the depths. that stuff is green as can be. its' everywhere. it's thriving.
I fish a lake that has a darker reading than the "average" on high lake, pretty fertile lake as well, has a milfoil problem, but the cabbage continues to shine thru. No matter what the seasonal conditions are, it regualarilly stands tall in 8-13 fow. thick luscious walls. I've watched it for about 20 yrs now. It hasn't changed with the fluctuations in weather. maybe a foot or so less in the end. everyones ruler is different. ;)
cabbage is a strong grower, especially in colder water temps. it's withstands the fall cool down where other weeds have turned brown long before turnover.
the last couple years were perfect for promoting cabbage growth. regardless of light penetration, it would still be rooted, and growing. maybe not as fast, but still better than the junk weeds that explode at warmer temps with decent light penetration.
I'm not looking to argue, but I'm past the point of blaming weather for the ever declining weeds on one of my favorite vilas lakes to visit.
if you have a home up there, you should be noticing this more than I...
As far as vegetation both on land and in the water this was a very late spring. I have a second home in Vilas county and was on the water every weekend in May. Although ice out was normal it was very cool for most of April and May . (Snow on May 14, 36 degrees overnight on May 21) The cooler temperatures after the mid- April ice out created a situation where all vegetation was behind. Trees weren't leafed out fully until Memorial Day, ferns weren't up until the first week of June and weed growth in every lake I fished in Vilas was behind schedule. We then had a very wet June with several inches every week.
On lakes that are fed with swamp wetlands the water became more tannic(brown). Escanaba lake is the most heavily researched lake in Wisconsin and the technicians take secchi disk readings several times per week. Whether you believe it or not those are the facts. Not all lakes are fed with swamps with the brown tannic acid waters. High and Fishtrap don't have that color of water and when I was on High in early June the cabbage looked good there.
The long stringy weed I was referring to grows on the bottom and when the stalks are so long they can no longer support themselves they fold over to make mats that can be up to 6 feet thick . It may be starry stonewort as it looks like that from above. I'll try to get a sample when I fish it again.
Looks like chara also known as musk grass which is an indicator of good water quality and very important for natural reproduction of musky. If you pick it up, it will have a distinct smell if it is muskgrass. DNR has a rapid response protocol for all new Invasive Species found on a lake, give them a call, they are very proactive in Vilas County.