Hydrilla is a rooted, submerged plant with multiple branching stems. Hydrilla leaves will be blade-shaped and fairly thin and short. The underside of the leaves will have small teeth that feel rough when rubbed.
The leaves grow in whorl pattern of 4 to 8 and in segments that are spaced further apart at deeper depths. Hydrilla can reproduce through fragmentation, seeds, turions and rhizomes. It can be found rooted in water 1 to 20 feet in depth as large colonies which form surface mats at times. The distribution of hydrilla is mainly along the southeastern states, Texas, California and the east coast. Hydrilla has a native family member called Elodea (elodea canadensis) which does not have the teeth on the underside of the leaves.
Fish utilize the outer edges and the top of hydrilla colonies as ambush sites, while juvenile and forage species will utilize the dense mats to escape predation.
Go-to presentations: Rip lipless crankbaits, squarebills and bladed swim jigs through the tops of hydrilla and hang on! The bass will often attack your bait as it snags free.