Long before the days of down imaging sonar and mapping chips, anglers relied on a variety of tools to find depth change and contour lines. Whether it was using visual topographical cues or simply counting down a weight to the bottom, these old school tricks and tactics could only get them so far.
When the technology finally advanced far enough for anglers to map out bodies of water, a whole new breed of fishing emerged. Underwater humps, ledges, and channels that were once hidden under the surface now came to life in the form of paper maps. USGS paper contour maps are one of the most commonly used maps by anglers as they allow you to map out depth changes and locate high-percentage areas to fish.
How Anglers Use Paper Contour Maps
With the ability to find a specific depth range, channels, and points by simply looking at a map of the body of water, you’ll be able to hone in on where fish should be staging for a certain time of year.
See Under the Water’s Surface
For example, in the springtime, bass tend to congregate around main lake points. With the use of contour maps, you can easily find those long underwater points and target those areas heavily. Before contour maps, it was much more of a guessing game as to which points actually extended under the water column.
Quickly Identify Areas to Target.
During the late spring, finding flats where bass and brim congregate to spawn is the key to having a successful day on the water. With contour maps, you can see exactly where those key areas are and target those areas exclusively during your day on the water.
Fish More Efficiently
In short, contour maps simply make you a more proficient angler. These maps give you insight to a body of water that our ancestors only dreamed of.
The best part? You’re one step closer to deleting that fishing app folder!
Now you can have contour maps at your fingertips! With the release of the brand new Premium Map, USGS Paper Contours, the ANGLR app now offers you the ability to check contour on the fly from your phone! Whether you’re on the bank, in a kayak, or on a boat, these maps will help you find those key areas so you can catch more fish!
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