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Lake of the Ozarks bass love docks by John Neporadny Jr.


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 the Ozarks.

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 4.16.33 PM   “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

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.
For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free  vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at 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.

Reprinted with permission from B.A.S.S. Times