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#12269363 - 05/30/17 11:19 AM Fishing submerged hydrilla questions
Mrg0117 Offline

Registered: 11/15/16
Posts: 26
Loc: North Texas
I have been fishing a small pond with very thick submerged hydrilla in the Denton area. I have been using weightless Texas rigged plastics, topwater lures, and very shallow diving crankbaits and catching lots of little 1-2# fish. When the hydrilla wasn't so thick I was catching several good bass every time I went fishing. Any suggestions on how to fish the hydrilla for bigger fish would be appreciated.

#12269527 - 05/30/17 12:35 PM Re: Fishing submerged hydrilla questions [Re: Mrg0117]
Nathan_Flovin Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 519
Loc: Plano, Texas
deeper grass edges.

#12269596 - 05/30/17 01:07 PM Re: Fishing submerged hydrilla questions [Re: Mrg0117]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 9121
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
First off, are you sure it is hydrilla? My guess is that is is probably coontail or milfoil. Lots of folks mistakenly call coontail hydrilla.

As the other guy has said, the larger bass typically will cruise the deeper edge of the grassline whatever type grass it is. If you are fishing from the bank it may be hard to fish it properly. In the early morning or late evening, many times the larger bass will feed near the surface and you can catch them on a frog, buzzbait, or topwater plug.

When the hydrilla was present at Fork, one of the most effective ways to catch bigger bass during mid-day was to fish a heavy jig or t-rig worm on the deeper outside edge. Many times that was in 14-16' of water. We weren't "punching" the grass but rather going down the deep edge following it on the fish finder unit with the transducer mounted on the troll motor.

One of the largest bass I ever landed on Fork came from Little Caney in early August mid day on a 3/4 oz jig in 14 feet.

#12270551 - 05/30/17 10:00 PM Re: Fishing submerged hydrilla questions [Re: Ken A.]
Mrg0117 Offline

Registered: 11/15/16
Posts: 26
Loc: North Texas
Thanks guys! I'll try to get out to the middle on my kayak and see if I have better luck! As for what type of grass it is I have no clue. I looked up pictures and I still can't tell.

#12270708 - 05/31/17 12:47 AM Re: Fishing submerged hydrilla questions [Re: Mrg0117]
David Burton Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 2096
Loc: McKinney, TX
Hydrilla has a thicker stem (think spaghetti vs angel hair pasta). The leafs are symmetrical in a star pattern around the stem. Milfoil is lacy thin leaflets (think bald cypress leaves, but thinner). Coontail is the closest to Hydrilla, but it is really more conical at the tip.
David Burton
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