Catch of the Day
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This was the first time that I had ever fished Peltier Lake. It was a beautiful late summer day and I was excited to try a new lake. The first thing that I noticed about the lake as I was putting my boat in the water was that the water was very murky and dark green in color. That means that the vegetation remains confined to the shoreline and therefore the bass will be too.
I started out fishing a small shallow diving crankbait along the outside weed line in about one to two feet of water searching for some bass. I caught my first bass with the crankbait off the front of a boat dock. That was my clue to begin to concentrate on the docks. The docks come out a long way past the shallow weed line into deeper water and bass like to have cover close to deep water.
The way that I like to approach docks is to first use a shallow diving crankbait along the docks to pick off and pull out from under the docks the most aggressive fish without disturbing the less aggressive fish. After that I’ll pitch my jig under the dock to try to charm the remaining fish into striking.
As I go from dock to dock I like to fish the crankbait along the weed line in shallower water. Unless you are in a big hurry, it’s nice to fish that shallow weed line because there can be active fish moving along it. That’s how bass get from one dock to the next.
watch the video below to learn more about fishing around docks.
Lures Used: Crankbait and Jig. Water Clarity: Murky. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Late summer. Cover/Structure: Docks. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass, northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Fishing around docks.
Guidelines for fishing around docks and boats: Docks and boats are the private property of their owners. Please respect their property. Don’t fish around them if you are not a very good caster. Use heavy line and equipment so that you don’t break your lures off on the docks unintentionally. Make every effort possible to retrieve your lure from a dock except climbing onto the dock. Do not bang the docks or boats with your lures. Some owners do not like you to fish around their docks; they may ask you to leave politely or otherwise. Respect their wishes.