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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir

Weeds @ Chatty?

Post By: JohnnyW      Posted: 5/17/2017 9:13:07 PM     Points: 472    
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.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: May. 17, 10:20:47 PM     Points: 1337    
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: Neyet Stalker      Posted: May. 18, 8:07:16 AM     Points: 7033    
I believe the heavier weed growth is due to the floods, It makes shore fishing all the more challenging!
 Reply by: longdraw      Posted: May. 18, 9:24:41 AM     Points: 468    
Chatfield has Eurasian Milfoil now. Better get used to it. It will only help the fishery so it is a good thing.
 Reply by: RoyR      Posted: May. 18, 9:56:07 AM     Points: 2204    
I passed a few clumps of floating weeds yesterday in the middle of the lake.
 Reply by: devon234      Posted: May. 18, 10:27:05 AM     Points: 165    
its just good habitat for fish. Mabey with the weeds there will be more largemouths in a couple of years.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: May. 18, 12:01:38 PM     Points: 3646    
They better keep an eye on the weeds if it is Eurasian Milfoil that stuff can take over a lake and make it very difficult for anyone to fish.
 Reply by: longdraw      Posted: May. 18, 2:38:27 PM     Points: 468    
Standley Lake has had EM for years and that place is a blast to fish. Bring on the lake full of milfoil I say!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: May. 19, 11:21:18 AM     Points: 3646    
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
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: May. 19, 11:38:39 AM     Points: 26    
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: May. 19, 12:10:21 PM     Points: 411    
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.
 Reply by: beewee      Posted: May. 19, 3:22:54 PM     Points: 0    
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.


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