How do I Build a Fishing Dock for a Pond?

How do I Build a Fishing Dock for a Pond?
If you are fortunate enough to have your own pond or small fishing lake, try adding a small fishing dock to the pond. A dock provides a solid platform to enjoy casting and retrieving and hopefully landing those elusive fish. Building a dock will take a few days and materials found at hardware or home improvement centers. You can save a little money by going to harbors or marinas and seeing if they have scrap Styrofoam blocks discarded from former docks.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • T-Square
  • Marker or pencil
  • 4 dock posts
  • 4 dock post cup holders
  • 4 cinder blocks
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Power drill/screwdriver with bits
  • Power saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 2-by-6 treated lumber joists
  • Treated deck boards
  • Styrofoam chunks or square
  • Epoxy
  • Sledgehammer
Step 1
Determine the water depth where you will place the dock. Measure out the size of the planned dock, keeping it square in dimension. A good size to start with is 6-by-6 (this article is written based on a 6-by-6 foot dimension dock). Mark the deck boards at the 6-foot mark and cut them to this length.
Step 2
Lay out the 2-by-6 joists into a 6-foot square frame and screw the square frame together at each connecting point of the timbers. Use two to three screws on each corner/end.
Step 3
Set the 6-foot deck timbers over the frame and connect them by screwing them together. Use stainless steel screws to prevent rust and decay.
Step 4
Attach a dock pole cup holder at each corner screwing them down and into position. Make sure they are attached with the cup holder facing off the dock.
Step 5
Get into the water and drop the four cinder blocks into position where the poles will go into the ground under the water. Get out of the water and turn the dock over and place the Styrofoam into the dock frame. Drill the Styrofoam into the deck, or use epoxy to secure it to the underside of the dock.
Step 6
Float the dock into position where you will drop the poles. Have an assistant hold the dock in place while you drop the poles, through the cup holders, into the pond bottom and through the holes in the cinder blocks. Use the sledge hammer to pound the poles deep into the pond bottom, keeping them in the cup holders. This secures the dock into the pond bottom.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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