The quality of angling and the abundance of aquatic plants are usually directly proportional. Extensive weed beds provide the best fisheries. Henry’s Lake, Idaho, is a prime example; in fact, at times in late summer there are so many weeds that trolling is not possible. Yet this lake produces a tremendous number of quality fish.
Nearly all fish food is attracted to weed beds. The rooted submerged plants are the preferred habitat. Also, floating weed beds can be fertile, but the submerged beds are the best homes for the food chain.
As a result fish are found in close proximity to these weeds. The best places to fish are just above submerged plants, adjacent and in between them. Both food and shelter is offered in these places.
Locating submerged plant beds is accomplished by observation from a high vantage point. Looking from a boat or float tube in clear lakes is an alternative when a vantage point is unavailable. Video sonar is of benefit when direct vision is not possible. The water’s coloration is a clue in finding weed beds. A light greenish cast as opposed to a deeper blue indicates submerged plants. The juncture of dark blue and light green is an indication of a channel or a drop-off adjacent to the submerged plants. These areas are prime spots for fish.