Fish open water this fall to catch winter fish through the ice

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“Insight Genesis offers several fish-finding tools that are simply not available with any other flasher/depth finder system on the market,” says Lowrance Pro-Staffer Reid Miller.

A tool designed for open-water fishing will help you pull more fish through the ice this winter – Insight Genesis, Lowrance’ custom lake-mapping service.

“Insight Genesis offers several fish-finding tools that are simply not available with any other flasher/depth finder system on the market,” says Lowrance Pro-Staffer Reid Miller. “It’s an extraordinary tool, which I’m using extensively in the open-water season to improve my ice-fishing success this winter.”

Insight Genesis is the innovative, online service that empowers anglers to create custom lake maps from sonar data recorded with the Lowrance sonar unit on their own boats. If you record sonar logs while fishing from the boat in the late fall, the maps you create will help you find fish through the ice in the winter. Continue reading

Did South Dakota angler find burial mounds on lake bottom?

Stark-Hump-of-Week-COLLAGEWhen South Dakota angler Paul Stark reviewed a custom fishing map he made with Insight Genesis, he discovered on the lake bottom what he believes could be Native American burial mounds.

“We have them by other lakes in this area of South Dakota,” Paul says.

Indeed, ten burial mounds in the Oakwood Lakes area in nearby Brookings, SD, are “typical of numerous such mounds in eastern South Dakota,” according to the text on a state historical marker there. Those mounds, dated about A.D. 300 to A.D. 1400, according to the historical marker, are probably the remnants of late Woodland or Middle Missouri Cultures.

“All of the mounds are strikingly similar about 3-6 feet high and about 100-150 feet in diameter,” the historical marker reads. “The so-called ‘Mound Builders’ made pottery, stone hammers and projectile points which may still be found in the area. … It is believed that the mounds were built by individuals who carried baskets of earth on their heads and then dumped the dirt to form mounds.”

Shown at one-foot contours at the bottom of a 424-acre lake near Madison, SD, the humps Stark discovered have such steep sides that they appear “almost 3D” on his Insight Genesis map, he says.  “Now that is detail on the humps! Man, I love mapping lakes and seeing stuff like this!”

Paul’s screenshot of these unique lake-bottom structures is this week’s Insight Genesis Hump Day “Hump of the Week.” Have you used Insight Genesis to locate bottom structure not shown previously on any other lake map? Post a screen shot on the Insight Genesis Facebook page and we might feature YOU in our next Hunp of the Week spotlight.  (Click “Continue Reading” to see larger screen shots and learn more)

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ATTEND A FREE LOWRANCE ELECTRONICS & INSIGHT GENESIS MAPPING SEMINAR NEAR YOU!

Are you ready to see what you’ve been missing in the water you fish? Are you ready to see everything?

Even frequent users of Lowrance electronics will tell you – in hushed tones, after swearing you to secrecy – that although they love their HDS units, they don’t know how to use all the fish-finding features packed into them. “Don’t worry,” we tell them, “you’re not the only one!” We’ve even heard longtime touring bass pros say they don’t know how to use every feature in their Lowrance unit, and that if they’d take the time to learn to use them better, they’d probably finish better in tournaments.

So we’re offering free 1-on-1 training sessions from Lowrance pro-staffers on how to best set up your Lowrance electronics to find and catch fish, including training on Insight Genesis custom mapping.

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Community spirit: Paul Stark volunteers to map lakes to help YOU catch more fish!

Stark-collageLewis and Clark have nothing on Paul Stark. Sure, the famous explorers mapped a fair share of South Dakota’s plains back in the day. Mad props to ‘em. But for the last few months, Stark has led a one-man Corps of Discovery to map lakes across The Rushmore State.

And he wants to share his fishing maps with you and all your fishing buddies. And with all their fishing buddies. And with … well, everyone.

“On an online forum I’m on, I ask other forum members what local lakes they would like to see mapped,” Stark explains. “I try to map all those lakes and then tell the forum readers that my maps of those lakes will be available soon on Insight Genesis Social Map. It stirs up some excitement when good maps are finally available for poorly mapped – or un-mapped – lakes in the area.”

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You won’t believe how detailed this Insight Genesis fishing map is!

Gaston main gifThe seasoned fishermen could not contain his excitement as a custom Insight Genesis fishing map appeared on the screen of the fish-finder on his boat:

“You can automatically see the difference!” He exclaimed. “Look at those one-foot contours!”

Having fished Lake Gaston for years, Mike Smedley said thought he knew the North Carolina reservoir “like the back of my hand.” Then he saw the Insight Genesis custom contour map he made with sonar signals recorded with the GPS/chartplotter on his own boat.

“Absolutely incredible!” Smedley exclaimed. “I thought I knew the lake, and I’m finding that I didn’t know it quite as well as I thought I did. And that’s exciting to me. It’s almost like I’m getting a new lake in my backyard.”

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Fishing today could lead to a fish-of-a-lifetime tomorrow

Scott MErwin CollageA fishing trip today could lead to a fish-of-a-lifetime tomorrow. That’s the genius of Insight Genesis – you can improve your fishing … by going fishing.

Insight Genesis empowers you to make and use custom lake maps from sonar logs recorded with the Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar unit already on your boat. To make your custom contour map, you don’t have to survey a lake all at once, driving back and forth and never wetting a line. Instead, you can simply record a sonar log every time you hit the water to fish. Over time, your uploads of data collected in multiple fishing trips will come together to form a master map, full of detailed, one-foot contour lines that identify fish-holding structure.

“Ever since I started using Insight Genesis, I’ve found a lot of good fishing spots on Lake Osakis that didn’t show up on other maps,” says Minnesota fishing guide Scott Merwin. “And I’ve been fishing Osakis for 15 years!” Continue reading

Bait shop owner signs up for Insight Genesis, wins Lowrance HDS-7 Gen 2 Touch

HDS-7 Gen 2 TouchOf all the new rods and reels, tackle and tools, gizmos and gadgets he saw last week at ICAST, the country’s largest sport-fishing convention, bait shop owner Chris Wenzel had only one thing on his mind as he flew home to Wisconsin ­– catching trophy smallmouth bass with Insight Genesis custom contour maps.

“I’ve been telling everybody about Insight Genesis – I told people at the airport about it on the way home!” says Wenzel, a smallmouth fanatic who has fished in both Bassmaster and FLW tournaments, along with numerous regional derbies. “My girlfriend said ‘Out of everything at ICAST, I can tell that Insight Genesis was the one thing you got really excited about.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s something I’ll actually use!” Continue reading