Category: Success Stories
Map now for fantastic Fishing Opener success
Waiting for your fishing season opener? Stop biding your time and start mapping your success. Now’s a great time to locate previously uncharted fish-holding structure on your favorite fisheries by making custom Insight Genesis lake maps.
That’s what tournament angler Reid Miller’s been up to in the days and weeks leading up to Minnesota’s bass season opener on May 24. Making a custom map of one of his favorite smallmouth fisheries – a small reservoir lake near where he grew up in central Minnesota – is as easy as recording a sonar log to an SD chip in his Lowrance HDS 7 Gen 2 Touch and then uploading that data to the Insight Genesis website. A Genesis subscriber, Miller can then load his custom map back onto his HDS 7 and use it on the water to find structure that many off-the-shelf maps do not show.
Mile-high mapper finds what’s missing on many map chips
Many fishing maps for off-the-beaten-path lakes merely mimic old USGS topo maps and lack detail – a challenge that used to frustrate Dave Kooser, who fishes for walleye and bass in Colorado, a state known more for ski slopes than fishing holes.
“Map detail is even less accurate if the body of water has been around for many years, as topo maps were less accurate in the early years and things change underwater through time,” says Kooser, a Colorado TBF member and former Colorado Walleye Association President.
But Kooser isn’t wasting time waiting for a survey crew to stumble upon his favorite lake, he’s mapping it himself with Insight Genesis, the cloud-based service exclusive to the Lowrance community. And he’s finding great fish-holding structure that’s missing on many of the off-the-shelf map chips.
Use Insight Genesis to locate hidden fish-holding structure
Creating custom maps with Insight Genesis will help you find more fish-holding structure faster. Interpreting and using those maps is the next step in catching more and bigger fish.
We recently asked a Lowrance pro-staffers to record sonar data while fishing on Lake Keowee and Lake of the Ozarks and then upload the data to Insight Genesis and make custom maps. We then asked a few other pro-staffers to look at the maps and describe how they would use the contour layer to target fish, based on fish behaviors. We didn’t even give them the vegetation or composition layers and they still came up with some great spots on Lake Keowee and Lakes of Ozarks to target.