I’m quite certain a chemical was released late summer last year. The weeds all went in a matter of 10 days last year. That just doesn’t happen.
News flash…they’ve been in & cutting all summer. Every summer. For at least 5+ years. Live 2 blocks from the bay and am down there in some capacity each day. This is also true for the main lake as well as Mendota…Not sure of the others, don’t get over to them. That said, there’s weeds currently covering the bay, watched several folks who live on the bay pulling them out with pitchforks just the other day.
Last year I said maybe the weed cutters caused the disappearance of the numbers of fish in Monona Bay, my camera didn't lie --no weeds. Someone said no weed cutters are in that bay--HMMM--last night watching the news--fill the boat for kids school items--in the background on Monona Bay cutting weeds right where we normally ice fish--priceless. Go look guys--A weed cutter was in Monona Bay all day yesterday---all day---
Fishing201, we’re you fishing from shore? If so what side?
Bronze: It’s on the west side of the lake. You’ll actually have to go under John Nolan Drive, through the triangle, and under the tracks to get into it. If you google it, or look at a lake map, it should be labeled. If you’re fishing from shore, again, just google it and it should pop up right away. Good luck!
Fishing201, where is monona bay? What side of the lake is it on?
81° - 88° F
Out for an hour or so on 5/1 from shore. One of the best “opening“ days I’ve had for bass. Got 7 buckets, all 15-20” and all were very fat. Bass were very active considering I didn’t get a sniff the entire month of April! Side note...there was more new weed growth than I’ve experienced in previous opening weekends as well. A lot of floating weeds in spots too. Great day and boy that wind was wild! Good luck and tight lines!
Looks like the spring crappie harvest is on. Saw the shorelines packed with people this weekend.
Skunked on the bay this morning. Worked the length of the east shoreline in 4 hours. Variety of ice jigs w/spikes or plastics. Nada. Did catch a rusty pop can off bottom in front of a trestle. Saw one carp cruising through shallow water.
Walked around the bay this morning. Main bay completely ice-free. (Hard to believe 3 weeks ago I was sitting on 18" of ice out there). Both triangles still had a thin sheet of ice over much of the water. One guy fishing in one of the triangles from shore. Water level was the lowest I have ever seen. Hard to estimate but guessing 1-2 feet below normal levels? Half dead/alive sparse clumps of weeds just offshore. Saw a few fish swirling and a muskrat. Have some spikes left so gonna give it a whirl in the a.m.