What do you do when it’s too cold to fish, but the water hasn’t frozen over? Go for the heated docks, that’s what.
Lakeline News Online published a story highlighting the use of the specialized docks in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Area resorts decided to help the Mid-south anglers through the bitter winter, and built heated indoor docks with large fishing holes in the middle.
The idea is not unheard of, as several fishing waters have had similar heated docks installed in other states. Oklahoma, for example, has one up on Lake Hefner, and footage of the interior was captured in this YouTube video from a few years ago:
The structures are built on top of the water, and the builders typically sink brush underneath to attract fish and provide them with cover. That turns the spot into an ideal location for snagging fish, no matter how cold it might be.
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Some of the resorts keep their indoor heated docks open year-round, but often charge a fee for folks who are non-guests.
The Topeka Capital-Journal also shared news of the indoor docks last spring, and published a piece about one on Lake Shawnee.
So what’s stopping you now? If you can’t blame a lack of fishing on the weather, then there’s no real excuse, is there?
Unless of course ice fishing is your thing, in which case the cold would be welcomed. Either way, fishing in the winter continues to evolve, and the folks who just want to drop a line are finding it easier to do so no matter how low the temperatures get.
Featured image via Topeka Capital-Journal, Marc Murrell