Fishing and Lake Maps

Being a successful fisherman takes more than just going to the water and casting your line, for it is entirely possible to cast your line in an area of a lake or stream where no fish are waiting to take the bait. Good fishermen understand that knowing how to read fishing and lake maps is indispensable both for catching the right fish and for hauling in a large number of fish, so it is important for every angler to know how to read such maps. Fortunately, it is not too difficult at all to have a basic knowledge of these maps, a knowledge that will help even novice fishermen improve their skills.

Of all the fishing and lake maps that are available to the angler, a contour map is perhaps the most useful. These maps help the person fishing determine the depth of the water, which is invaluable information for the angler because fish will be found at certain depths depending on the species and time of year. Basically, the lines on the contour map all represent a certain depth, which fishermen can use to their advantage if they know what depth the fish tend to gather at in each season of the year.

Even after reading a contour map or any of the other fishing and lake maps, it is necessary for anglers to visit the area of the water where they believe the fish will be located and do some in-person "fact finding." There will be many areas on the lake where the depth might indicate the location of fish, and only a site visit can tell the fisherman which of those depth areas will actually be home to a good number of fish. Once the fish are found, the angler can cast a line or return later to go fishing.

Fishing and lake maps can be found at various locations both in person and online. Local bait and tackle shops can be great places to find up-to-date fishing and lake maps that pertain to the lake or other waterway closest to the shop. There may even be skilled anglers available to help you read these maps properly. The Internet is also a good place to find maps, many of which will be free. You can also order them and have them mailed to you if you plan your fishing trip far enough in advance; otherwise, it will be better to try and get them in person.