Pondweed (common) ------------------->
By far the most visible weed in our lake. Very narrow leaves that are 1 to 2+ inches long and branch freely on a slender stem. Leaves are alternately arranged on the stem. Clumps of 4 to 8 fruiting bodies are attached to the center stem by short reed stalk that rise above the water surface when mature, which are very visible.
A fast way to manage it is to jump in, swirl arms around a clump to wind it up on the forearm, working toward the roots. Grasp the twist of weeds as low as possible and pull gently while kick roots with a covered foot. Toss them on shore to dry and then toss in garbage or burn. Be aware of wild life like turtles that can be caught up in the grass, and may need a little help.