Docks, Part One

hWhen it comes to bass fishing, docks are a no-brainer. It’s surprising to me, though, the number of anglers who don’t capitalize on the structures when seeking huge fish. The key is searching for the most productive docks on a lake, docks which attract the most bass. Not every dock will fall into this category, though, so you’ll need to be alert for specific characteristics that distinguish productive docks from unproductive ones. Today we’ll start a series solely on docks and how to fish them, so keep reading for Part One, in which we’ll highlight what to look for when seeking an ideal dock.

One thing you should look for when inspecting a potential dock is cover leading to it. For example, a dock with submerged vegetation surrounding it—weed mats or pads—is a prime ambush point, while also providing enhanced cover and safety. This cuts down on light penetration and also attracts baitfish to the dock, which attracts bass.

What the dock is actually made of will play a role, as well. Old wooden docks are ideal as they’re as close to a natural structure that fish will find. These docks commonly collect algae, which attracts small organisms, which in turn will draw the baitfish, and then the bass in. 

It’s also smart to seek out docks low to the surface of the water. They’ll provide the most shade. Also, docks with moored boats are great, too. A boat provides increased shade coverage and expands the shelter for bass. In fact, docks with many boats often hold large numbers of fish.

Docks are bass magnets and are a sure thing for the angler seeking a thrill. Knowing which docks to target and what to toss under them, though, will give you an edge that will increase your catch rate. The tips outlined above will help you identify the ideal docks to begin your search. Be sure to come back as we continue the series and help anglers utilize docks to their fullest potential.