Covered fishing docks offer respite from bitter winter winds
Just because it is cold outside,
doesn’t mean you have to shiver your way
through your next fishing trip. Heated docks are perfect for those
prefer to keep the feeling in their fingers and toes while fishing.
“Fishing in an enclosed dock, out of the wind and the elements, is a
great way to spend an afternoon with friends and family,” said
Reece, aquatic habitat coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of
Enclosed docks can be found on many lakes and reservoirs around the
and are excellent locations to catch a stringer full of crappie.
“As the weather gets colder, the fishing usually just gets better
these docks,” Reece said.
According to Reece, crappie are the main quarry at the docks, most
which include brushpiles to provide cover and to attract the fish.
are a favorite winter fish all across Oklahoma. They form loose
and when you catch a fish, others are often close by. Crappie can be
caught year-round and they are the favorite choice for many fish
“Any rod and reel rigged with light line can be effective,” Reece
“I like to use small feather jigs, but minnows are a great choice
A list of enclosed fishing docks can be found on page 32 of the
Oklahoma Fishing Guide” or by logging on to the Department’s Web
www.wildlifedepartment.com/encloseddocks.htm. Anglers may want to
ahead to find out more information about specific docks such as
hours of operation or directions.