Pond plants are necessary for healthy fish populations and good water quality, but can become a nuisance and cause frustration to pond users. In trying to make pond access easier, the trick is to reduce plant abundance without getting rid of them altogether.
Correctly identifying the plants is the first step to controlling their abundance. To help with this, the Iowa DNR has just posted a Pond Plant Identification Guide at www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/AboutFishinginIowa/IowaFarmPonds/FarmPondPlants.aspx.
This interactive, visual guide identifies 26 most common aquatic plant species in Iowa ponds and lakes.