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Old 02-01-2007, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any comments about these, are they informative, do they show access points? Looking to purchase the "Chicago 30 Hot Spots" which includes The Fox Chain. Any other map recommendations that I can use in the field?
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are ok just check to see how old they are some of those maps are over 10 years old. Sportsman Connections has some nice ones. I have both the Northern Illinois and the Sothern Illinois they may be a bit to big to use in the field.
http://www.sportsmansconnection.com/ill ... hingbooks/
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Hey Bassinator -- From the site it seems they have CDs also. Have you purchased any yet - If you have are they decent. Thanks. --
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No I havn't but the books are very nice.
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Hot Spot Maps are worth it if you are virgin fishing that particular system... They provide you with proven areas to start...Give you launch locations, bait shops etc.... Some are outdated but they are in the process of updating.. They are worthy but not the bible per say...

Best to buy them direct for the latest version/s available as opposed to a dusty copy from god knows when.
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I've never tried any of the hotspots maps before so I can't comment on them. I recently got both the north and south illinois sportsmans connection books, they help a lot when fishing an unknown area. I noticed they also have downloadable maps up now too.
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It's not really a hydrographic map per say, but Google Earth is really
cool for scouting out potentially good spots, especially along rivers.
Other than that I use Sportsman Connections maps and Forest Preserve Dist.
maps...ie DuPage Co. The later of which is FREE!

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Maps...well if you're only going to be in the area for a short while and don't have the time they can be helpful. The Busse Woods Hot Spots map is pretty much a joke. They're all written from, let's call it a really.....positive....position. No map, CD, download, or GPS tag can match time out on a body of water. None of them can show you what water that holds fish looks like, but just where others say they might be.

Gossip around bait shops and getting your shoes muddy beats the $10 advantage you think you might be getting from one of those maps. ****, a subscription to a place like this aces any other resource I've ever come across for local bodies of water. I've fished a fair amount of waters in my time and I'll bet you dollars to donuts that being an outgoing, talkitive kind of angler is going to net you way more fish than reading up on an area will. Not to totally discourage anyone from doing all the research they can on a body of water, but if you're talking something within a day's drive of your house, just put your time in and you'll be rewarded.
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i have one i used 10 years ago. last time i used a map i got lost so i just pay attention to the surroundings
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I think biggest the problem with them is that they are outdated since you mention the Busse one it's depths are all wrong the deep hole in the South Pool is about feet 3FT off, the cribs they have on there in the Main Pool I'm stll trying to locate, and the gravel bar also shown is not there. Or at least the version I have it wasn't and that was about 7 year ago don't know if it's updated. So they give you an idea or a good birds eye view so to say, thats my take on them the ones I got.
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