How to Create Custom Maps While Ice Fishing

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Some of the best ice fishing opportunities for big crappies and bluegills exists on backwoods lakes that aren’t mapped or are poorly mapped with antiquated techniques. Professional fishing guide and ice angler Brad Hawthorne explains when, why, and how to create custom maps using Humminbird’s AutoChart Live features while fishing.


Why would ice fishing be any different than open water angling? Your goal is to determine fish location and why they’re there. A high-quality map provides an intimate look at the structure so you can better understand what fish are relating to, why they’re there, and take the hunt to similar spots on the same lake (run a pattern). This custom map data can be shared with friends and used across all your Humminbird fish finders, be it a boat, truck, ATV, or snowmobile.