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Lake and Waterway Maps
Posted: 01 February 2012 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Have seen mixed reviews about lake and waterway maps helping find good fishing spots.  Was thinking about getting an IL book and maybe look into a couple other areas as well.  Have downloaded the Illinois River map as most of my fishing is in the Havana to around Banner areas.  Got a new Tracker boat late last summer so might try out some new lakes and maybe the Mississippi a little bit.  Just wondered if anybody had any thoughts on whether maps are of any real help or just a gimic for the map makers to get a dollar.  Thanks for any input!!

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Posted: 01 February 2012 01:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Mac, i wont hit the river without maps..I think they help catching fish..And if you ever hunt the islands they are a HUGE help….

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Posted: 01 February 2012 01:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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  Hey Mac! I am new to this obviously and I mean the post. Have been fishin for a few years (cough) I am sure your new boat has come with good electronics. I do believe a “good map” can put you on the structure faster using electronics. Perhaps if you post on here the areas you plan to fish some of the friendly experts willl give advice as well. Sounds crazy but if you head east from your direction for some fishing this year we maybe able to trade some secrets…lol

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Posted: 01 February 2012 01:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I like maps for lakes to locate elevation changes and old landmarks under the water.  But all that stuff changes to much in a river for me to trust a map.

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Posted: 01 February 2012 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yeah Matts if a guy is using electronics the map can put you in the area quicker than out randomly looking IF the structure hasn’t changed. I have spent some time looking for a break or old river channel that simply didn’t exist any more. It had silted in which I think is common at least at the inlets of reservoirs.

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Posted: 02 February 2012 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thanks for the input guys.  Made it to one of the “local retail outlets” yesterday and thumbed through a book with some lake maps.  Didn’t really have much for info in it near as I could tell.  Decent overview of the lakes with general depth and occasional mention of cover but overall probably not worth the money.  I think you’re right in that if you have a place you want to know about you can throw it out on the forum and probably get some pretty good help.  I have electronics on the boat.  Nothing fancy but does show some general structure and is good for finding sudden depth changes.  Maps or no maps I’m getting the fever to get out and fish again before long!!  Thanks again for all the help. 

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