Articles by John Neporadny Jr. - May
Lake of the Ozarks Bass Love Docks
by John Neporadny Jr.
One type of cover bass seek and bass fishermen
virtually ignore on other waters can be found nearly everywhere on the Lake of
"A dock is basically the ultimate
cover," says Dion Hibdon, the touring pro who honed his skills while
fishing the thousands of docks on his home waters of Lake of the Ozarks.
"It provides good shade and it's a good place for a fish to hide because a
lure hasn't been made yet that will fish every inch of a dock." Hibdon and
his father Guido are masters of a skipping technique that places a bait into
near inaccessible spots, but even this presentation fails to cover every area a
bass can hide under a dock.
Hibdon looks for the following keys to help him
pinpoint the location of bass: clusters of bluegill hanging around the dock,
shady spots and any hard-to reach areas, such as the back corners of boat wells
or behind storage sheds where dock owners sink brush piles. If he catches bass
form the same locations at a couple docks, the Classic champion develops a
pattern in which he can key on the same spots at other piers.
The most common type of dock anglers encounter
on Lake of the Ozarks are floating docks with encapsulated foam. Shade and
man-made brush piles are the main shelter for bass under these floating docks.
When fishing a floating dock, Hibdon prefers
pitching a jig and retrieving it in a hopping fashion to imitate a bluegill. Key
locations on these types of docks include boat hoists and brush piles in the
back corners of the wells and walkways. Brush piles can also be found along the
sides and corners of docks and the deeper water in front of the boat house.
Running a spinnerbait or crankbait along the sides of a dock is another
productive technique for catching bass hiding under this floating shelter.
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guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at
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web site at www.funlake.com. Copies of John
Neporadny's book, "THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide" are available
by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.