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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 who
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 Robert
Reece, aquatic habitat coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation.

Enclosed docks can be found on many lakes and reservoirs around the state
and are excellent locations to catch a stringer full of crappie.

“As the weather gets colder, the fishing usually just gets better around
these docks,” Reece said.

According to Reece, crappie are the main quarry at the docks, most of
which include brushpiles to provide cover and to attract the fish. Crappie
are a favorite winter fish all across Oklahoma. They form loose schools
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 frying
aficionados.

“Any rod and reel rigged with light line can be effective,” Reece said.
“I like to use small feather jigs, but minnows are a great choice too.”

A list of enclosed fishing docks can be found on page 32 of the “2003
Oklahoma Fishing Guide” or by logging on to the Department’s Web site at
www.wildlifedepartment.com/encloseddocks.htm. Anglers may want to call
ahead to find out more information about specific docks such as cost,
hours of operation or directions.