Coontail – Ceratopyllum demersum

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Coontail is a rootless, submerged plant found growing in extremely dense colonies or as floating mats. It has multiple branching soft stems that can be 10 feet in length.

Leaves grow in a whorl pattern and individual leaves are slender, short and stiff. The leaves fold forward at the terminal end of the stem resembling a fox or raccoon tail. This plant can reproduce through seeds and fragmentation.

Coontail can be found across all of North America in water 1 to 20 feet in depth or floating as a mat. Fish will utilize the canopy of mats for shade, the edges of the coontail growth provide ambush cover and the internal parts of the plant colonies provide juvenile and forage fish ample protection.

Go-to presentations: Target the visible gaps with Texas-rigged creature baits or jigs. If the water is stained and your visibility is hindered, blind casting with the two aforementioned baits will continue to produce bites. When you feel a bare spot in the middle of the coontail, expect a bite!