Written by Ryan Ketter, Courtesy of Fishing with Maps by Fishing Hot Spots
When looking for that ideal spot for spawning fish, there is no better location to start than near structure. Keep in mind that fish relate to measurable current, wind action, and shallow contours when spawning. An easy way to find these successful fishing locations is to use an accurate map with marked legends. The lake maps on Fishidy.com, like above, may illustrate stumps or timber in the shallows, two channels labeled in red, and fish attractors in the deeper water with a great break lines. The current will push food to the fish and the variance of water will allow fish to suspend deeper or shallower depending on sunlight conditions. These underwater features are magnets for fish. Study a fishing map to find areas likely to hold the preferred food of the species you seek. The more you study a map, the more fish you will have the opportunity to meet on the end of your line and you will no longer be fishing blind.