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The Doc reveals the two key secrets of fishing docks

The Doc on fishing docks

Video tip: Docks are probably the best form of man-made fishing cover ever constructed. Here's how to take advantage

Docks are probably the best form of man-made cover ever constructed for largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, yellow perch, black crappies, northern pike and muskies.

Fact of the matter is that docks rival fallen trees in their fish drawing power, so at one time of the season or another, you can probably catch every species of fish found in your favourite lake, river or reservoir around or beneath the best docks.

But those last two words …. best docks …. are the key.

What makes one dock dynamite and another dock ho-hum?  Why is it that you catch fish under the same docks year after year while you never get a bite under so many of the others?  And finally, how can you look around the lake and pick out the high percentage docks before you even start up the big engine and pull away from the launch ramp?

It is the subject of this week’s Fish Talk With the Doc video tip that I recorded recently for TV’s Fish ‘N Canada Show.  If you fish on a lake or river with docks, you need to know how to size them up quickly. This is the way to do it.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.