BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Sport and Fish Division says new know-how is permitting ice fishing lovers to entry greater than 200 lake contour maps.
Anglers have entry to 2 free smartphone cell apps on the Sport and Fish web site, each of which offer interactive performance and work with a telephone’s GPS system, mentioned Jerry Weigel, the division’s fisheries manufacturing and growth part supervisor.
“Again once we first began mapping within the early 2000s, anglers just about needed to print a paper lake contour map at house and take it with them to assist navigate and discover the underwater options,” Weigel mentioned.
One of many apps, Weigel mentioned, is ESRI ArcGIS Explorer, which requires mobile service to work within the subject. Contemplating mobile service is iffy on about 30% of North Dakota’s fishing waters, there are advantages to downloading maps to your cell gadget earlier than leaving house utilizing the Avenza Geospatial PDF app, Weigel mentioned.
“With this digital fishing map data and also you see there’s a sunken island on the market, you’ll be able to actually drive proper to it on the ice utilizing both of the 2 applied sciences,” Weigel mentioned.
Weigel mentioned the fish populations have “by no means been stronger” in North Dakota and the variety of fishing lakes have gone up dramatically in recent times.
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