Thanks to the lack of snow this past winter, not only were the profits at the local ski resorts low, so were the water levels at Findley Lake! In fact, it took so long to get the lake up to the normal depth that the weeds took over more than a month sooner than usual! You see, most weeds can only grow in water less than about 12’ deep because the necessary amount of sun rays, which are required for growth, can reach the lake bottom at that depth. In the clearer and the warmer waters above 60 degrees, they grow twice as fast as in cooler water. With the water levels extra low and with the super warm spring, we are having “record weeds” this year. Just ask Dennis and his crew, who are working around the clock on the Weed Machine to control them! Obviously, unless you enjoy a weed massage every time you fall off your water skis or your tube, or every time you go swimming to unclog your PWC, then I’m sure you’re not a “big weed fan”. Probably the hardest part about the out-of-control weed growth is the “floaters” that are created partly by boat props but mostly by Findley Lake’s Weed Machine. Depending on the wind direction, your summer weekend can be more like a working weekend trying to move the weeds around your docks!!
With fishing, weeds can be equally as frustrating! One tip I can recommend is that when you’re trolling or reeling in your line, put the tip of your rod under the water about 6” to avoid catching all those “floaters”. Believe it or not, there are a few positives to these weeds when it comes to fishing! Weeds provide more cover for the smaller, younger fish that the larger fish feed on. That extra protection makes for a better crop of fish, which can enhance the level of fishing for years to come. And aside from the pollen and algae growth, most weeds act as filters, keeping the water clearer, longer. If you can find the right combination of weedless lures and colors, it can also make it easier to find the big fish. Since they have to work harder to find food, they tend to move around more and the right combination can make a hungry fish strike more often than not. So this summer, try being a bit more creative in “hiding the hook” to make your bait weedless… and then, if you add a bit more patience than in previous years, you just might catch more fish! And remember to practice “catch and release”… it’s your future!
Findley Lake Water Shed Board Member