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Bulrushes killed by Milfoil

5/27/20 @ 7:39 PM
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utahman
User since 3/9/03

 Family property since 1924 on private lake. I have been there the last 50. In the last 3 years we have a lot of strange weeds and all the bulrushes are gone. Used to be able to get bass in  vast  beds of them. Now all the fishings gone to nothing no bass cant even get a northern. It sucks because there are only 8 landowners and most of us dont go anywhere else with boats, but some of them rent out and people bring jet skis and  other things. Has any one out there have that happen on your lake.

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5/29/20 @ 8:45 AM
utahman
User since 3/9/03

We werent really sure what was going on until the last two years we think there are also some other kinds of funky weeds that we never saw before. Some are big jelly globs, some look like big clouds of fluff and cover large areas and some milfoil. Now it would be a matter of money to do something. There used to be only two places on the lake now there are 9 . Im guessing our next step would be to get an assessment from Weeders Digest and get a grant or call the DNR first to see what steps would have to be taken. Just wondered if any one has had to go through that process that could  give me some info on what they know. The lake is only 80 acres so maybe it wouldnt be too much.Ihave no idea what something like that would cost.

5/28/20 @ 8:06 PM
Carpio
MEMBER since 11/5/17

They should check all trailers!    That’s how the weed spreads the fastest. CARPIO 

5/28/20 @ 8:01 PM
40 yrs + on black lake
MEMBER since 5/6/04

I have been off the lake for a year due to a physical condition. Do the landing Nazis now give the same level of inspection to jet skis that they previously gave to my bass boat? Looks like that may be an opportunity for improvement....

5/28/20 @ 7:22 AM
hunter_jt
User since 1/1/05

Why didn't you do anything about it when you first saw it?

5/27/20 @ 9:42 PM
mendota
MEMBER since 12/19/01

It was carp, and excessive siltation from urban runoff,  that took out most of the bulrushes on  Wingra back in the 60s.  Wish they would build some exclosures and get them started again.

Pretty sure bulrushes prefer sandier bottom, and shallower than milfoil grows.  Milfoil does not grow on sandy bottom exposed to direct ice contact in the winter in my experience here in Madison.

But I feel your pain.  Lake Tomahawk is in the process of getting overrun by milfoil as well.  It probably won’t ever be the lake it once was ever again...

5/27/20 @ 9:40 PM
migr8r
migr8r
User since 2/8/11

Birds are a big spreader of weeds and fish eggs to other lakes. Not saying it isn’t from people but a lot more birds move from lake to lake than people. 

5/27/20 @ 9:04 PM
Carpio
MEMBER since 11/5/17

In all probability the milfoil was lntroduced by the jet ski trailers.    It’s in your lake to stay unfortunately.   CARPIO 

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