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    Default Cattail declining in Cooks Bay (Lake Simcoe)?

    Went fishing on Friday noticed the marsh are has only about 1/3 of cattail exist compares to couple of years ago (last time hunting there was back in 2019).

    Any idea what caused this and if its good or bad for waterfowl hunting?

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    did water go up ?

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    Down here on Lake Erie at Long Point we had a few years of high water which caused huge tracts of marsh to break away due to storms and float out into the main lake. A study done on marshes showed that waterfowl liked a 50/50 mix of water to vegetation.
    Good Luck & Good Hunting !

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    The bulrushes in one particular area I hunt on quinte have been receding for the last dozen years. I would guess 25 to 30 ft out in in front of shore have disappeared which is fine by me as I now can set on shore amongst them and no longer have to keep the blind down there to stay out of the water while hunting. As far as the receding bulrushes affecting the hunt my numbers haven't dropped any ducks are still bountiful and I no longer have the upkeep of the blind so I'll call that a win.

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    The water level seems normal around this time of year I have noticed that the level will drop as soon as the season opened and will gradually lowered at the season go.

    My fear will be impact of the habitat for waterfowl but guess it didn't bother much.

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