Post By: JohnnyW Posted: 5/17/2017 9:13:07 PMPoints: 627
No not that type of Weed, I'm talking about the annoying kind that snags your jig every 5 feet. Went out for first time this season fishing for a couple hours from shore, been dealing with some health issues that have kept me on the disabled list. Anyhow, does it seem like the weed growth is further ahead of schedule compared to last year? Maybe is was the relatively warm temps this winter, but very frustrating to deal with. Will need to go with a more weed less presentation next time for sure.
The weeds at Chatfield have been getting worse the past few years, especially on the West side between Eagle Cove and Massey Draw, and around Marina Point. The shallow areas on the South end to some extent too. I think the flood in 2015 triggered the growth, and allowed the weeds to really take hold.
It would be nice if CPW would blade dredge the areas a bit to remove some of them, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: 5/19/2017 11:21:18 AM Points: 3829
Here is some more information on the milfoil: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiVmJ6iu_zTAhXGw1QKHXq9DZoQFgg_MAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ecy.wa.gov%2Fprograms%2Fwq%2Fplants%2Fweeds%2Fmilfoil.html&usg=AFQjCNG7H3INkNwp_DerZPxQCJwx1kX7eA
I was out last weekend and noticed the weed growth to be ahead of schedule and much thicker than last year.I can only imagine it will help LMB, Walleye, and YP populations. And hey if pike ever get established in there, we all know they like weedy haunts. Now fishing in too much weed growth may prove difficult.
With the floods some fertilizer from peoples lawns might of drained into Chatty. With that said more weeds mean more bug growth which can lead to more food in the water. Try fishing the edge of the weeds.