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#11214200 - 11/08/15 11:42 PM Backyard Florida fishing lake overtaken by everything.....especially lilly pads! Please help!
AGC 4 Life Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/30/04
Posts: 424
Loc: Florida
Hello fellow fisherman, I've been fishing a lake in Florida that has been viciously overtaken by drought "1998" (the lake came back), by hydrilla "2004" (fish counts slowly returned after multiple fish kills thanks to illegal spraying), and since then the lake has been ignored and now "2010-present" (lilly pads have literally choked) the lake aka 95/100% is lilly pads.

I just want to fish, but no one is doing anything about a lake that once was....it had friggin' sailboats on it when I first moved in. Any suggestions? My local extension office basically told me to count grass....not sure what that's supposed to mean because I lose count very easily.

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#11216128 - 11/10/15 07:06 AM Re: Backyard Florida fishing lake overtaken by everything.....especially lilly pads! Please help! [Re: AGC 4 Life]
Fishbreeder Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 1271
Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
Florida??

Is so very different than most anywhere in Texas. Especially a lot of the aquatic plants and weeds.

By "lilly pads" (sic) do you mean lilies or perhaps as is sometimes the case, lotus? Lilies have pads floating on the water's surface while lotus has pads that are on stalks above the surface.

Either way, I remember my trips to Florida and recall there are lake management companies about like seagulls at the dump. Surely one of them has a suggestion better than "count grass," as proffered by the local extension agent.

Perhaps you should embrace the situation and become and expert in fishing soft bodied frogs over pad....

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#11216284 - 11/10/15 08:35 AM Re: Backyard Florida fishing lake overtaken by everything.....especially lilly pads! Please help! [Re: AGC 4 Life]
RL206 Online   content
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Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 761
Loc: Fate Texas
I would welcome a lake with lilly pads and no sailboats. Why do you want them gone?

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#11217205 - 11/10/15 05:15 PM Re: Backyard Florida fishing lake overtaken by everything.....especially lilly pads! Please help! [Re: AGC 4 Life]
mstewart Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/18/01
Posts: 1013
Loc: Plano,Tx, USA
From my own personal experience of cleaning up our lake in Florida (South of Tampa),
Sounds like some physical activity with a buddy (watch out for each other) and some snorkel gear.

Lilly pads may take up a lot of surface area, but there is lots of room under. The roots can be larger than 3 to 4 (even more feet) long, but if you are not afraid of gators, you can go down and pull them out to create fishing lanes (the roots are long and grow horizontally and not down into the muck). I don't recall the Lilly pads growing into the deeper areas of the pond (not deeper than 8').

The big problem is the introduction of that 'Water Cabbage/lettuce' http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/invasive-plants/weed-alerts/water-lettuce/ (which I can't believe they sell in stores that cater to Koi/pond enthusiast). My uncle picked up one in 1974 from the Alafia River (a favorite food of manatees...too bad you can't rent a manatee as they'd clean it up within a few weeks), and brought it home and put it in the pond, and by the 2nd year it was all over the surface, and the ducks/geese would introduce it to every body of water (creeks, and county ponds) in the area. We would spend weekends raking the water cabbage (acres of it) putting it in a pile and later burning it).

Every golf pond in Central Florida has healthy population of "Nile Perch" or Tilapia. I don't know how you could legally be permitted to obtain them. A single throw of a castnet, and I have easily caught 18 adults. A dozen of those in the pond, and not only would they consume the water plants, but they are a favorite food of Large Mouth Bass. They are also very good on your own table.

I believe you can also obtain grass carp, but I am not too familiar with that process.


Edited by mstewart (11/10/15 09:59 PM)

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#11217324 - 11/10/15 06:14 PM Re: Backyard Florida fishing lake overtaken by everything.....especially lilly pads! Please help! [Re: AGC 4 Life]
Jim Ford Online   content
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1202
Loc: Texas
Is it lily pads or is it hyacinth? Big difference.......

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#11222829 - 11/13/15 06:14 PM Re: Backyard Florida fishing lake overtaken by everything.....especially lilly pads! Please help! [Re: AGC 4 Life]
KingOfCars Offline
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Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 53
Loc: Hurst, Tx
I wish more lakes out here had a lily pad "problem".
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