Written by Ryan Ketter, Courtesy of Fishing with Maps by Fishing Hot Spots
A map will help you find all three important fish zones: sanctuaries, travel routes, and feeding areas that are influenced by:
- Feeding Influences
Fish spend most of their time in sanctuaries holed up where they are safe and comfortable (adequate oxygen and acceptable temperature). In most cases, fish sanctuaries are the deepest pockets in a defined area that includes access to food. All species of fish move from their sanctuaries to areas where they actively feed as hunger triggers movement. Once their stomachs are full, they return to their sanctuaries. A theory states that weather and light activate fish movement. Low pressure storm fronts stimulate fish to move and feed. When the front passes and the weather clears, fish are less active and are found tight to cover. A principle of fish behavior is all movement takes place along defined routes. Fish orient themselves with certain features of their underwater environment and travel set pathways between feeding areas and holding areas. Game fish will often move from deep water into feeding grounds in search of minnows or forage. When looking for game fish, an area with shallow weedbeds or fish attractors will hold minnows or forage. At the edge of the flat the water drops sharply, eventually to a hole known as a sanctuary and an angler will be able to intercept game fish as they move from their sanctuaries into feeding areas in low light conditions. Top-of-the-line fishing maps on Fishidy.com include a section of proven tips and techniques to enhance your fishing success. Angling experts put together a list of hot baits and techniques that are helpful in getting you started on the lake or reservoir. Fishidy maps put you ahead of users of a plain contour map.