About The Dock
The Fin and Feather group added a great new fishing dock to the pond at the Par 3 golf course on the west side of Lake Panorama in late 2016.
This dock is located in a great spot, with excellent sized Bluegill, Crappie, and Bass able to be caught within easy casting range of the dock.
This dock is another fantastic resource for Lake Panorama anglers. The Par 3 pond has a healthy population of good-sized panfish and bass, and this dock is a convenient way to get at them.
This is an excellent fishing opportunity for youths and inexperienced anglers.
With a total cost of just over $11,000, projects like this are only possible through the work of our members and support from donors like you!
Help us keep these projects going so we can continue to improve fishing opportunities on the lake and other Lake Panorama Association-owned areas!
Par 3 Dock Fishing Tips
To the left of the dock, about 15 yards, is the deepest section of the pond. Depending on the season, this spot produces some fantastic panfishing.
Try a slip bobber with a bit of nightcrawler, a minnow, or bait of your choosing. Experiment with your slip bobber’s depth to find the fish. Small crankbaits and “beetle spin” rigs are also a good option.
Off to the right is a semi-shallow underwater weed bed that provides excellent forage for all species.
Try a small, shallow running crankbait or inline spinner for crappie around the weed bed.
Texas-rigged worms, and other “weedless” presentations seem to work well for bass in the weed bed.
For bluegills, a simple bobber and nightcrawler will usually do the trick.
You can also often find decent numbers of bluegill and crappie hanging out in the shade directly under the dock. Vertical jigging works well, as does a simple bobber rig. Under the dock the fish seem to be a bit smaller, but present in good numbers.
Practice CPR (Catch, Photo Release)
Just remember, only keep what you will eat, and let the big breeders go (after a couple of pictures, of course). That way we can maintain the excellent population in this small pond for years to come!
There’s nothing wrong with keeping some nice bluegills, we all love a good fish fry. But we can choose to practice a selective harvest, keeping smaller fish to eat, while letting the larger, more successful fish live.
Letting these fish live and breed will encourage these strong genes to thrive and continue to improve the quality of the fishery.
We built this dock to be used! It’s a great spot to teach kids to fish, have some success, and get them hooked for life. Please share this article with a Lake Panorama angler, especially one with kids or grandkids in need of an introduction to fishing!