If you’re a fisherman who frequents trips to Lake Rousseau, then you’d want to learn a bit more about this entire Hydrilla deal. What is Hydrilla, you ask? Hydrilla is the invasive plant that’s starting to coat some of the surface of the lake’s waters. It’s an invasive plant in the sense that it has no fixed place in the lake’s ecosystem. With no one to eat the plant and stunt its growth in the area, it can grow as freely as possible and after a certain point, it can cause the entire ecosystem to fall out of balance.
To put things into perspective, your lake fishing activities might be at stake because of this certain plant. Here are a few ways in which this plant is causing trouble for fishermen as well and they don’t even know it.
It Starves The Water of Oxygen
When the Hydrilla forms a canopy on the surface of the water, it leaves little room for oxygen to enter the water and when this happens, the fish in the water can suffocate. The shade is caused can make algae grow, which the fish feed on but without oxygen, they will soon die.
It’s Difficult to Navigate
The Hydrilla growth can be pretty dense in certain regions of the water, making it hard for fishermen to navigate. In some of the worst cases, Hydrilla has choked the motors and propellers of boats. Even if you’re on a Kayak, it can be pretty tough to peddle your way through a dense Hydrilla layer.
It Can Decay
If the Hydrilla is just killed using herbicides and the plant mass isn’t removed as well, it can cause a lot of rot nd decay on the water’s surface as well.