In regards to milfoil, the lake is looking good. We have not seen much at all in regards to milfoil and the Sonar treatment appears to have done its job. Hopefully we will get another ten years of good control like we did the last time. Even natives are not overly abundant based on our previous visits. This is
common the year Sonar is used. The main problem that I witnessed during my
last visit and reports from my applicators is the Starry stonewort.
Unfortunately there are areas where it was able to grow without treatment
due to the folks with DNR fisheries. We treated a few weeks ago but starry
stonewort is not the same as other aquatic species in that it cannot be
eliminated completely and can only be managed. The schedule is a little off
due to the restrictions placed on the permit but I hope to get the lake back
on the schedule for starry stonewort next week. Basically we need to get
back to treating everything at once instead of different parts of the lake
at different times which we were forced to do because of the restrictions.
The explosion of weeds is likely the starry stonewort since it catches fire
around this time of year. This time of year it has to be addressed every
two to three weeks to keep it burned back.