Insight Genesis Social Map went live in the summer of 2016, providing a first look at how community-sourced Insight Genesis sonar data are improving maps for the betterment of anglers and boaters around the world. Available in both free and premium Insight Genesis subscriptions, Social Map charts are accessible, searchable and available for FREE download on the right-hand side of the Insight Genesis dashboard (see image below).
The first step to downloading free Insight Genesis Social Map charts is registering for a free Insight Genesis account, which you can do HERE. Continue reading for more information about the free contour charts available for download from the Insight Genesis Social Map.
Many waterbodies have already been completely mapped by community-minded anglers, others are partially mapped, and some remain a blank slate, ready to be mapped. Waterbodies that are completely mapped will appear completely in blue-scale — darker blue denotes deeper water; lighter water indicates shallower water. On many waterbodies that are partially mapped, you will see both blue-scale depth shading and gray-scale depth shading.
The blue-shaded areas are those that have been mapped with Insight Genesis, so those areas will appear in very high detail (usually with 2- to 5-foot contours, althoguh very shallow waterbodies can appear with 1-foot contours, and very deep waterbodies might display with 10-foot contours).
The gray-scaled contours on Social Map charts appear in areas where the Lake Insight base map has not yet been improved by custom contour mapping with Insight Genesis. When you and others record and upload sonar logs of boat trips in those gray-scale areas, you can replace the less-detailed gray-scale contours with highly detailed blue-scale Insight Genesis contours, and eventually create an entirely new, and amazingly accurate, map for the water body.
Some waterbodies display only the Insight Genesis-created blue-scale mapping and no gray-scale base map. In some cases, this only temporary and the base map for that waterbody will be integrated in the Social Map soon (to check on the status of a b
In some cases, however, a waterbody is so far off the beaten path that there exists no basemap ase map for any waterbody, feel free to post a question on GoFree’s Facebook page and we will get back to you as soon as possible).for it at all — these are the types of waterbodies for which Insight Genesis was created! For if wasn’t for the DIY capabilities of Insight Genesis, these waterbodies might never be mapped at all.
In an hour on the water, the average boater can cover about 100 acres. If 10 people upload an hour of data collection from the weekend a 1,000 acre lake is mapped immediately. If 100 people contribute all 100 users will have access to 10,000 acres just from one weekend. Just think what will happen when 10,000 people are contributing an hour or more per weekend. Would you pitch in to pay for 1 fingerling of you favorite species to be stocked in a lake for the future of fishing if 10,000 others did the same? Would you pitch in an hour to have access to 1,000,000 acres of the best map coverage on the globe if 10,000 others contributed an hour as well? Give a little and get a lot!
Below is an example of an Insight Genesis Social Map chart in use on a Lowrance HDS unit.
To learn how to download an use an Insight Genesis Social Map chart on your sonar/GPS unit, read the blog article HERE.