The Lake is Rising · · PAGE 24.
June 17, 2021: With the rising water, the season for Aquatic Weed maintenance is almost here.
There is evidence the big bass are creating nesting sites. That is a
good thing as it insures the survival of the species in the lake.
Here is the view from the platform at the end of the dock.
The grass will eventually cover the ground where the tree was removed.
One boat from Aquatic Weeds is working to remove the hydrilla weeds near
the shoreline between the docks.
This view is from our neighbor's back yard near the north end of his
This is near the north side of our dock. The water level has reached
the top of the sea wall.
When the water is this high, the Aquatic Weeds boat can be most effective
as they are flat-bottom boats and their rear mounted propellers do not hit
the bottom of the lake.
The boat has not been to this area near our dock yet. My polarizing
filter on my camera reveals the invasive hydrilla weeds seen below the surface
of the water.
The bass have made two more nests on the south side of the dock.
Linda moved that white rock from the edge of the lake to this point at the
northeast corner of the platform at the end of the dock. There is a large
Cormorant that likes to stand on that rock to dry his or her wings after going
fishing in the lake. It is a bird with a long neck and long sleek wings
that allow it to swim und the surface of the lake to catch fish. The white
spots on the dock and platform are the droppings from the birds.
This view of the high water is at the point where the dock meets the
There are several of the Cormorants that like to use our dock and the
remaining parts of the dock behind the house on the south side seen here.
The weed boat is seen here as he works between the platform and sea wall
on the south side of the dock. A large cutting bar is under the water to
remove the weeds. The front-end loader scoop gathers the weeds for
The cutting bar can reach down three feet below the keel of the
boat. A 15-horsepower diesel engine drives the hydraulic pump that powers
everything on the boat.
Some of weeds will float to the surface for easy gathering by the
boat. The scoop can reach down near the bottom to gather more of the
Rick is a long-time resident who lives a few houses to the south of
us. He is coming up to see the activity here today.
This view from the back yard shows the boat working on the south side of
There is always a second man working to remove weeds from the
bottom. He has a gas-powered sickle bar cutter at the end of the
pole. Think of it as an under-water weed eater that uses steel blades
instead of nylon cord on above-ground weed trimmers.
The boat moves to the north side of the dock to gather more freshly-cut
Linda comes out with her dog to get him out of the fenced area near the
The dog has found a scent on the ground and rolls in that area to pick up
some that enticing smell.
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