• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

Hookey

This from the Owatonna Peoples Press.

They are using removal and chemical methods to control

Pond Weed.

Some Hype - and also some give and take by the DNR.

Good Work Jacquelyn !

Curly-leaf pondweed: Owatonna Parks and Recreation will use chemicals to treat Lake Kohlmier

By CLARE KENNEDY

OWATONNA - Come spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will once again allow Owatonna Parks and Recreation to use chemical treatments to fight the spread of curly-leaf pondweed in Lake Kohlmier.

Since the city acquired the lake in the early 1990s, Parks and Recreation staff have been using aquathol granular to fight curly-leaf pondweed, a nuisance plant that clutters the shore and grows in stalks as tall as 12 feet high in the water.

Jacquelyn Bacigalupi, a habitat specialist at the DNR's Rochester office, first noticed that Lake Kohlmier was classified as a "natural environmental lake" in early spring of 2007. Lakes with this classification cannot be chemically treated to prevent weed growth.

"For whatever reason it wasn't noticed [that Lake Kohlmier was classified as a natural environmental lake]," Bacigalupi said. "In any case, after the realization that [Lake Kohlmier] fell into that category, we asked the City of Owatonna if it was feasible to say no herbicide."

Bacigalupi said the city didn't think it was reasonable to nix the chemical treatment because of the swimming beach, which draws a large crowd in summer. Jeff McKay, the Director of Owatonna Parks and Recreation, said 25,000 swimmers visited the lake last year.

Curly-leaf pondweed is an invasive species of aquatic vegetation that grows under ice packs in winter. Bacigalupi said ice fishers often catch their hooks on the plant's long tendrils.

Curly-leaf tolerates low light and low temperatures, which gives it an early growing season and an advantage over more sensitive native plants. Unlike many native species which start growing in summer, curly-leaf is ready to go in spring and dies out in July.

When live, the plant grows in dense mats on the lake's surface that make swimming uncomfortable and slimy.

"It's very thick and people don't like swimming in that, it's just not a comfortable situation," McKay said. "And, it can be a safety hazard as well. If a child gets tangled up in the weeds they could drown. We've had to make rescues out on the lake, where kids have taken out canoes and kayaks and gotten tangled up."

From an ecological standpoint, curly-weed provides some habitat for fish, but the die-off in July may result in a critical loss of dissolved oxygen, according to the DNR. In addition, the rotting plants increase the nutrient content of the lake, which can cause algea blooms.

Bacigalupi said aquathol granular only affects curly-leaf because the chemical treatment starts in late May and native plants don't start growing until June or July.

"No native species are present at the time and they use it at a dose that doesn't affect others species," Bacigalupi said.

Because of this, the DNR has issued the city a variance to allow the use of aquathol granular. Bacigalupi said in exchange for the variance, the city plans to do some shoreline restoration and plant native prairie grasses and flowers around the lake.

"They're going to do some neat things with planting and native vegetation," Bacigalupi said. "The prairie grass and flowers will serve as habitat for small critters and a butterfly garden, and will also slow run-off."

McKay said Parks and Recreation will begin mechanically harvesting the weed in early May and then start with the chemical treatments.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
love2fish4ever

It's good that they are able to get that stuff under control,it makes fishing very difficult, especially for those that fish from shore, which is the majority of those that fish it.T be able to cast beyond the matted weedline is possible, but draging a fish back through it is tough. I know that bass are C&R only (I wonder how often that's adhered to), but I wish the pike & wallyes were protected too. It would give kids & others that don't have the means to go out of town, a better opportunity to catch quality fish, since it's their only option other than the Straight River. Doesn't Eagle Lake by Mankato have something like that?

L2f

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • ANYFISH2
      Thanks for the reports guys.
    • MinnowBuckets
      The last few days have been pretty hot on areas of the river for a lot of nice bass between 16-18 inches, topping out at 19 inches for my largest. Many were fish located on spawning beds, some hitting aggressively and immediately, and some not interested in even acknowledging the bait. I started out with a 4 inch wacky worm on a VMC wacky weedless jighead, but found that I was getting larger, more aggressive fish by switching to a 5 inch wacky. I would Imagine that the spawn will be all but over within a few days. 
    • RGSports
      I have some Cotton Cordell crankbaits for all, all brand new in original packaging.  I have multiples of every color.  Asking $3 each, will ship for a $5 flat rate.  Can also meet, live in Elk River MN. Wally Stinger 3 1/2 Inch - Sparkle Firetiger, Chartreuse Perch, Purple Passion, White/Red Head 4 3/4 Inch - Purple Passion, Gold Perch, White/Red Head, Chrome/Blue Jointed Wally Diver Perch, Monkey Puke, Gold/Black, Chartreuse Red   Send me a message or call/text at 320-420-9805 to purchase.
    • IronDioPriest
      Hi folks... I wanna specifically address fishermen and women, boaters, outdoorsmen and women, and their spouses and significant others. Also, anyone who believes that our right to access public waterways supported by our tax dollars, and managed for our benefit by the DNR, should not be infringed upon by special interests... listen up... You may or may not know about a new program in Wright County to limit access to three lakes in the Annandale area where wealthy lake-home associations have coerced the County Board into implementing a pre-launch "AIS Inspection Station" in the city of Annandale. Anyone wishing to launch a watercraft on Lakes Sylvia, Pleasant, and John, must first travel to the city of Annandale (miles away from any boat landing), go through an inspection process, and be given permission to launch their boat in the form of a zip-tie on the trailer. There are MANY problems with this inspection regime. One problem is its hours of operation. It is open from sunup to sundown. This means that if you wish to go fishing in the evening, or at night, or early in the morning, you must first travel to Annandale THE DAY BEFORE you wish to access the lake, and get your zip-tie. Needless to say, this will undoubtedly prove to be a big enough burden on boaters and anglers that many will simply choose to go elsewhere, which, we contend, is the unstated goal of the Lake Associations who have funded this effort to lobby the County Board. They want non-residents off "their" lake. Another problem is the fact that these lakes are already unfortunately infested with AIS, which means inspecting boats on the way IN to the lake makes no logical sense. Only inspecting boats in their way OUT of an infested lake will have any chance of slowing or halting the spread of AIS. Another problem is that local businesses in Annandale, Southhaven, and to a lesser extent Clearwater and Maple Lake, will be adversely affected by the reduction in commerce that WILL occur as people from outside these fine communities decide to take their watercraft elsewhere. Another problem is the scope of this program, and the stated goals of those who are promoting it. They have said point-blank that they hope to have every county in MN look to Wright County as an example of what can be pushed through, as Lake Associations state-wide are organizing their resources and their political clout in an effort to see similar County ordinances implemented throughout Minnesota. This could, in the future, lead to a scenario where every boater who does not own lake property will first be required to travel to a central County Inspection Station in whatever county they wish to launch their boat, before they will be given permission to launch at a lake that may be many miles away from the station. We believe this is an infringement on the rights of Minnesota boaters and sportsmen to freely and responsibly access our public waterways. Even the DNR is skeptical of this program, but since it is a county matter, they are accepting it for now. Sorry for the lengthy statement. Now I'd like to ask you to take action. We have organized a social media page, over 600-strong now.... Our goal is to gather as many concerned people as we can in this group - and then appeal to the Chambers of Commerce in these fine cities, to organize themselves and appeal to the County Board for a reversal of this misguided policy, on the grounds that it will harm them economically as people take their dollars elsewhere to avoid the infringement of the inspection regime. If you haven't already, and you are concerned about liberty to access public waterways without undue burdens placed upon your access, would you consider lending your voice to ours, and joining our group? Thank you! Join Us!
    • delcecchi
      Actually, merc has Verado and "four strokes" . I have seen a fair number of mercs on west end but very few verado which have a distinct silhouette.
    • Rick G
      Not as easy to find bullheads in the chain as it was in the 80s-90s.... but you will still get a few here and there. The cats took care of most of the bullies over the yrs😉
    • Horseshoe_Don
      All sizes.  no bullheads in the chain.
    • ducksnbucks
      Thanks guys for the info. I think we will head out tomorrow and give it a shot. Will report what we find, thanks again! 
    • Mike89
      that's a monster ya mean!!!!!
    • monstermoose78
      The Tom turkeys are not playing well the hens are around and have come into the decoys. No Toms to be seen or heard. Lots of ticks today.