Use maps to break down a lake more efficiently

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“I don’t care how good your graphs are,” Bolton said. “If you’e not good at reading your maps, you won’t know where to start on a big body of water. I was able to look at my Lakemaster maps on my Humminbird and figure out exactly where I wanted to start scanning. This narrowed my fishing time way down and allowed me to find 7 or 8 spots in three days that were yielding good fish.”

Bolton is an old school map guy. But he used the very detailed maps on the Lakemaster chip to figure out exactly where drains came out of pockets and bays and intersected points where he thought he could find grass edges in the right depth zone.

Use maps to find fishing areas that fit the seasonal conditions. In this case, it was drains coming out of spawning areas that brushed up against points or created hard edges that had voids or defined grass edges. Sometimes it might be creek channel ledges. Sometimes it might be spawning flats. But use your map to identify the likely areas that fit the seasonal patterns for the lake.