I am assuming the ice is gone by now and if not, it surely will be after the rain
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.
Wouldn’t hurt to give MB a break.
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.
Quite a bit of above-freezing temperatures and rain coming up.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.