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Heated docks have grown scarce, but some survive

Category: fishing tips

 Feb 24th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  381

Modified Feb 24th, 2019 at 6:01 PM

Harold Elson tossed a few more logs on the fire, turned on the TV and settled in for a cold winter morning.

A cozy day in the den?

Not exactly.

Elson was fishing in the heated dock at Robin’s Resort on Lake of the Ozarks, where he works as a maintenance man.

No matter how frigid it gets, how much snow piles up or how bitter the wind bites, he has a place to fish in comfort. He sunk the brush that is at the bottom of that rectangular-shaped opening that is lined with chairs, and he knows where the fish will be.

It’s just a matter of getting them to bite.

“I fish almost every day,” said Elson, 72, who lives in Richland. “A lot of people don’t think the fish will bite on a real cold day, but they will. “The crappie will bite year-round on this dock.”

Elson, who has fished Lake of the Ozarks since 1966, follows tradition when he slams the door on winter and heads into the heated dock at Robin’s.

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When winter gets nasty, Harold Elson heads inside and fishes the heated dock at Robin’s Resort on Lake of the Ozarks.Globe |Brent Frazee

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