Eelgrass – Vallisneria Americana


Eelgrass can be found throughout North America. It has thin, ribbon or tape-like leaves that can reach 3 to 4 feet in length. Leaves have rounded tips, a mid vein and grow in clusters from the root.

Eelgrass grows in extremely dense colonies or islands, typically in water with some type of current or flow. Eelgrass reproduces mainly through rhizome or a banana-like capsule that contains seeds.

Go-to presentations: In the fall when the eelgrass is especially thick, punch through it with a 1 or 1 1/2-ounce Texas-rigged creature bait. When the eelgrass is sparse in other times of year, a bladed swim jig and weightless soft plastics can elicit some aggressive reaction strikes.