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Pondweed Fly Fishing

Pondweed Fly Fishing

Overview


Pondweed structure is incredibly common in North American lakes – both eutrophic (warm, shallow lakes) and mesotrophic (less fertile) lakes. A large variety of gamefish and baitfish make their home in pondweeds and make them a fertile ground for the angler. There are a wide variety of pondweed structures.

They can rise to 8-10 feet in height, encompass hundreds of yards, and have a wide variation in density.


Due to the variety, it is difficult to make specific proclamations on pondweed, but there are general ideas to keep in mind. Study of the structure is very important. You can cast into it blindly and likely get some fish, but understanding the depths and contours of the structure will yield better results.

The gamefish in pondweed will disperse all through the water column but obviously some will be more active or available than others depending on the conditions of the day.


Streamers and leech patterns are often very effective in these structures. Floating and sinking lines can both have success here as well.

 

Home to:

  • Pike
  • Pickerel
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Bowfin
  • Bullheads
  • Panfish


Good patterns:

  • Streamers
  • Pike Sliders
  • Zonkers
  • Wooly Buggers
  • Leeches
 
 

Pros

Cons

Wide variety of gamefish

Can be difficult to read

   
   

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