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Monona Bay, Dane County

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11/20/19 @ 1:47 PM
machoprogrammer
User since 1/19/07
Lack of weeds would make the fishing a lot slower, but like others said, it wouldn't be a bad thing for the fish population given how it gets pillaged

I am assuming the ice is gone by now and if not, it surely will be after the rain

 


11/19/19 @ 10:33 PM
wi river rat
User since 4/2/02

I've been fishing the early spring pillage the last three years. This past spring was the least weedy. You have to remember as well we had a very cold spring. The first above average temps didn't occur until the first week of July.  Warmth along with sunshine promotes plant growth. Lake was also at or above summer minimums for a lot of the "growing season". Rat.



11/19/19 @ 10:30 PM
Buzzie
Buzzie
User since 8/17/08

Wouldn’t hurt to give MB a break.  

11/19/19 @ 7:10 PM
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cdbadgerfan
User since 12/14/18

I work for Dane County LWRD and after reading posts in this page about the late weed harvest that some people thought took place, I asked my two co-workers who oversee the weed harvest program. The weed harvest in the bay was over a very short period this year because the weeds were not present in the Bay. The harvest started in late May and was completed in the first couple of days in June.  No weeds were harvested after that. I also asked when the weeds are harvested, how deep do the weed cutters go. Weeds are cut to a depth of about 3 feet under the water surface. We really don't know the exact reason why the weeds are not present in 2019.  One thing is that for weeds to grow, there needs to be light penetration. I do not know for sure what the water clarity was in the Bay this year, but weeds do need light to grow. There could be other factors that could have affected weed growth. The Department has noticed weed growth is much more abundant in some years than in other years and we really do not know for sure the exact reason or reasons why that is. But no weeds harvested after June 2nd.

11/18/19 @ 9:30 AM
machoprogrammer
User since 1/19/07

Quite a bit of above-freezing temperatures and rain coming up. 

11/18/19 @ 9:25 AM
budman1987
User since 1/19/03

Got a kick out of the guy in the background of the news last night with flip over shanty and power auger out there.  Must be more ice than I'd imagine

11/17/19 @ 5:32 PM
low-tech
User since 5/10/06

There was two rounds of weed cutting this year, including one in late September. Not sure why they did it.

Overall clarity in Monona Bay was very low this summer with a strong algae stain. May have something to do with  poor weed growth as well.


11/17/19 @ 4:35 PM
machoprogrammer
User since 1/19/07

I think they did something a few weeks ago, too. I was having good luck in a certain spot and there was weeds there, but starting a few weeks ago, it changed. No weeds and much less luck there.

11/17/19 @ 4:15 PM
minners
User since 1/20/07

I think they did more than cut them this year. Weeds looked fine in early summer but when I checked them out with the boat mid August, there wasn’t one weed left on the bay. Water was really brown and horrible. Pretty sure they sprayed the bay sometime this summer. 

11/17/19 @ 1:49 PM
marshall87
User since 11/30/13

They cut the weeds all year long for some reason. Screwed up the weeds on the whole lake. Theres some fantastic weedlines usually and this year was terrible. Still some very good fishing to be had but a handful of "predictable" spots were cleared of weeds completely and no fish around. 

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