Tall native plants of the Harris Chain

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Bulrush stand on Lake Dora, Harris Chain of lakes.
Bulrush stand on Lake Dora, Harris Chain of lakes.

When the Bassmaster Southern Open anglers visit Florida for the first tournament of 2017, they should expect to encounter a wide variety of tall native and exotic plants growing on the Harris Chain of Lakes.

The three most common aquatic plants that extend high out of the water include cattails (Typha sp.), bulrush, (Scirpus sp.) and reeds (Phragmites sp.).

My first recommendation to understanding these three plants is for anglers to understand the importance of visual observation. Learning to identify plant species is easy to master, but learning to truly “observe” how the plants grow along a shoreline takes practice. Here are a few tips:

A key feature to look for when observing a group of plants is to locate the section of oldest plants. The mature plants established first and grew in preferred sediment, much like big bass take up home in the best pieces of cover. Another key is becoming accomplished at distinguishing between cattails, bulrush, and reeds. Having an understanding of plant species will give anglers an understanding of the lake bottom.

Cattails (Typha)

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