How can Contour Elite help you?

Contour Elite can help you find more fish in a variety of ways, depending on your experience level.  Keep things simple or take full advantage of more advanced capabilities.  Here are just a few scenarios to illustrate the benefits of Contour Elite.

  • Scenario #1

    You want to rent a boat and take your kids out this weekend on a local lake to catch some bass, but you’re not sure where on the lake to go or what lures/baits to use.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You don’t have a lot of experience reading depth contour maps, so the detail of the LakeMaster high-definition maps is a little overwhelming.  You’re not sure what to look for.

    You decide to do an automated search in Contour Elite.  You select the “Fish Search” feature and select “largemouth bass” as the species and  “spring” as the time of year.  You push the execute button and Contour Elite searches through every possible location on the lake to find areas likely to have bass.  Contour Elite also gives you some fishing tips on what sorts of lures to use and how best to present the lures.

    To get your kids excited, you show them the map with the highlighted hot spots and then let them play around with the 3D viewer to get a “fish eye” view of the lake bottom they’ll be boating over.

  • Getting to the locations....

    To find these areas on the water, you decide just to print the map with the highlighted areas. When you get to the water, you help your kids get the map oriented and let them point you in the direction of the highlighted areas as you motor from spot to spot casting various lures recommended by Contour Elite.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you identify potential areas to fish by performing a search that uses built in location criteria for largemouth bass in the spring.  You didn’t have to know how to interpret a lake map or what sorts of locations largemouth bass may be in the spring.

    The map printed from Contour Elite helped you go to these locations out on the water and allowed your kids to be involved and engaged in the adventure.

  • Scenario #2

    You and some buddies have taken your boat out to a local lake a few times, but haven’t had much luck.  You can’t seem to find where the crappie are located.    The night before your next trip, you decide to call one of the local bait shops for a fishing report. They tell you that people have been finding crappie along drop-offs in 10-20 feet of water in coves.  You’ve got a simple fish finder without a GPS or lake mapping.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You decide that the easiest way to find these locations on the lake would be to first do a search on Contour Elite.  You open the Custom Search feature and select “coves” as the lake region, 10-20 feet as the depth range, and “drop-offs” as the structure selection.  After executing the search, areas matching these parameters are highlighted on the map.

    You and your friend survey the map and use the target tool to mark waypoints and tracks on the map over the highlighted areas that are close to the boat launch.

  • Getting to the locations....

    Since you don’t have a GPS chartplotter on your boat, you decide to use the Google Maps app on your phone to navigate to your target locations.  To do this, you export the targets from Contour Elite in the Google kml format.  Then, you use your computer to upload these targets to your Google maps account.

    When you get to the lake and out on the water, you open the Google Maps app on your phone.  You can see the target locations you exported from Contour Elite.  You and your friend use your phone to navigate from spot to spot finding some nice crappie.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you use a fishing report from a local bait shop to identify good locations for crappie.

    By being able to export locations in Google kml format, you were able to use an app on your phone to navigate to these areas out on the lake.

  • Scenario #1

    It’s the night before a fishing trip, and you want to put a game plan together.  You’re going to a lake that you don’t have a lot of experience on, so you go online and view some fishing reports and read some message board posts to find out where the fish have been biting.  You learn that in the morning, the fish have been found on shallow flats adjacent to deep water.  Later in the day, the fish have been found on channel ledges around 10 feet deep.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    To more effectively find these locations on the lake, you open Contour Elite.  You do a Quick search for “Shallow feeding flats” and Contour Elite highlights shallow flats adjacent to deep water.  You then do a custom search using 8-12 feet as the depth range and “ledges” as the type of structure.

    Now that the locations are highlighted on the map, you use the target tool to add waypoints to the areas you want to go to on the lake.

  • Getting to the locations....

    You decide that the easiest way for you to navigate to these areas would be to export the waypoints and import them into your chartplotter.  You export the waypoints in Lowrance (.usr) format to an SD card.  You then import the waypoints into your unit.  Now, the waypoints are displayed on your chartplotter and you can easily go from location to location.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you take information you learned from internet research and identify productive areas on the map quickly and easily through the custom search feature.

    Then, since you were able to export the locations directly to your chartplotter, you were able to easily navigate to these areas once out on the lake.

  • Scenario #2

    It’s the night before a fishing trip at one of your favorite lakes.  You check the weather and it is calling for 15 mph winds out of the north.  A friend told you earlier today that the water temperature was 58 degrees.  You’re not sure where to fish, but you’ve been keeping a fishing log for this lake on Contour Elite, so you’ve got some historical data that you can review to help key you into productive locations.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You open Contour Elite and go to your fishing log.  You want to search the fishing log for past trips under under similar conditions.  In the fishing log search form, you put in tomorrow’s date (+/- 10 days), a water temperature of 58 degrees (+/- 4 degrees) and strong north, northeast, and northwest winds.  The fishing log identifies 4 successful entries matching the search criteria.  These 4 locations would be good locations to try tomorrow, but you also want to try some new locations.  You select one of these entries and push the “find similar areas button” and Contour Elite highlights other areas around the lake with similar characteristics.

  • Getting to the locations....

    In order for you to navigate to these areas waypoints on the lake, you decide to print the fishing log and waypoint information.  When you get to your boat, you enter the lat/long of the 10 locations into the chartplotter.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you research past fishing locations to identify productive areas.  It also allowed you to find other areas of the lake with similar characteristics, which expanded the number of locations for you to try.

    Contour Elite helped you navigate to the areas by allowing you to print the lat/long coordinates of your waypoints for easy entry into your chartplotter.

  • Scenario #1

    It is early spring and you’ve got a tournament coming up this weekend.  You have heard from your friends that bass are staging just outside shallow coves waiting to come in to spawn.  You’ve been reading lake contour maps for years and can quickly and easily find locations you’re looking for.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You open Contour Elite and inspect the detailed contours for points and creek channel ledges that lead from deeper main-lake areas into shallow coves.  You click on areas with the 3D viewer to get an even better visualization of the bottom and possible routes bass may take and and any subtle irregularity that may concentrate bass along the way.

    When you find a good spot, you mark it on the map with a waypoint.

  • Getting to the locations....

    You’ve got a Humminbird chartplotter, so you export the waypoints in .hwr format to an SD card. When you get to your boat the next day, you import the waypoints into your unit.

    Now that the waypoints are imported, you can easily navigate from location to location by going between the waypoints.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you identify fishing areas by letting you view LakeMaster’s contour maps in the comfort of your home on your home computer.  The detail of the maps allowed you to find precise locations where bass are likely to be as they stage for spawning outside shallow coves.  The 3D viewer let you take a closer inspection of potential areas to confirm your first impression and to pin-point more subtle irregularities.

    Because you were able to export waypoints in Humminbird format, you were easily able to transfer the locations to your chartplotter.

  • Scenario #2

    You’re fishing in a two day tournament.  On day 1, you think you have a pattern figured out and have marked a few waypoints at productive areas.  The weather has been stable, so on day 2, you think that this same pattern may still be working.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You decide to use Contour Elite’s Find Similar Areas feature to identify other areas that may be good.  You import the waypoints from your chartplotter into Contour Elite.  Then, you go to your fishing log, select one of your best waypoints, and then push the “find similar areas” button.  Several other areas similar to this location are highlighted across the lake.

  • Getting to the locations....

    You mark additional waypoints on the map representing these new areas and export them to an SD card.  When you get to your boat the next day, you import these waypoints into your Chartplotter.

    Now, not only do you have your original waypoints from the pattern you established on day 1, but now you have new waypoints for similar areas for day 2.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you by allowing you to identify potential areas based on a pattern that you had established the day before.  The Find Similar Areas feature took successful waypoints and identified other areas of the lake with similar characteristics.

+ Novice Angler
  • Scenario #1

    You want to rent a boat and take your kids out this weekend on a local lake to catch some bass, but you’re not sure where on the lake to go or what lures/baits to use.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You don’t have a lot of experience reading depth contour maps, so the detail of the LakeMaster high-definition maps is a little overwhelming.  You’re not sure what to look for.

    You decide to do an automated search in Contour Elite.  You select the “Fish Search” feature and select “largemouth bass” as the species and  “spring” as the time of year.  You push the execute button and Contour Elite searches through every possible location on the lake to find areas likely to have bass.  Contour Elite also gives you some fishing tips on what sorts of lures to use and how best to present the lures.

    To get your kids excited, you show them the map with the highlighted hot spots and then let them play around with the 3D viewer to get a “fish eye” view of the lake bottom they’ll be boating over.

  • Getting to the locations....

    To find these areas on the water, you decide just to print the map with the highlighted areas. When you get to the water, you help your kids get the map oriented and let them point you in the direction of the highlighted areas as you motor from spot to spot casting various lures recommended by Contour Elite.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you identify potential areas to fish by performing a search that uses built in location criteria for largemouth bass in the spring.  You didn’t have to know how to interpret a lake map or what sorts of locations largemouth bass may be in the spring.

    The map printed from Contour Elite helped you go to these locations out on the water and allowed your kids to be involved and engaged in the adventure.

  • Scenario #2

    You and some buddies have taken your boat out to a local lake a few times, but haven’t had much luck.  You can’t seem to find where the crappie are located.    The night before your next trip, you decide to call one of the local bait shops for a fishing report. They tell you that people have been finding crappie along drop-offs in 10-20 feet of water in coves.  You’ve got a simple fish finder without a GPS or lake mapping.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You decide that the easiest way to find these locations on the lake would be to first do a search on Contour Elite.  You open the Custom Search feature and select “coves” as the lake region, 10-20 feet as the depth range, and “drop-offs” as the structure selection.  After executing the search, areas matching these parameters are highlighted on the map.

    You and your friend survey the map and use the target tool to mark waypoints and tracks on the map over the highlighted areas that are close to the boat launch.

  • Getting to the locations....

    Since you don’t have a GPS chartplotter on your boat, you decide to use the Google Maps app on your phone to navigate to your target locations.  To do this, you export the targets from Contour Elite in the Google kml format.  Then, you use your computer to upload these targets to your Google maps account.

    When you get to the lake and out on the water, you open the Google Maps app on your phone.  You can see the target locations you exported from Contour Elite.  You and your friend use your phone to navigate from spot to spot finding some nice crappie.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you use a fishing report from a local bait shop to identify good locations for crappie.

    By being able to export locations in Google kml format, you were able to use an app on your phone to navigate to these areas out on the lake.

+ Serious Weekend Angler
  • Scenario #1

    It’s the night before a fishing trip, and you want to put a game plan together.  You’re going to a lake that you don’t have a lot of experience on, so you go online and view some fishing reports and read some message board posts to find out where the fish have been biting.  You learn that in the morning, the fish have been found on shallow flats adjacent to deep water.  Later in the day, the fish have been found on channel ledges around 10 feet deep.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    To more effectively find these locations on the lake, you open Contour Elite.  You do a Quick search for “Shallow feeding flats” and Contour Elite highlights shallow flats adjacent to deep water.  You then do a custom search using 8-12 feet as the depth range and “ledges” as the type of structure.

    Now that the locations are highlighted on the map, you use the target tool to add waypoints to the areas you want to go to on the lake.

  • Getting to the locations....

    You decide that the easiest way for you to navigate to these areas would be to export the waypoints and import them into your chartplotter.  You export the waypoints in Lowrance (.usr) format to an SD card.  You then import the waypoints into your unit.  Now, the waypoints are displayed on your chartplotter and you can easily go from location to location.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you take information you learned from internet research and identify productive areas on the map quickly and easily through the custom search feature.

    Then, since you were able to export the locations directly to your chartplotter, you were able to easily navigate to these areas once out on the lake.

  • Scenario #2

    It’s the night before a fishing trip at one of your favorite lakes.  You check the weather and it is calling for 15 mph winds out of the north.  A friend told you earlier today that the water temperature was 58 degrees.  You’re not sure where to fish, but you’ve been keeping a fishing log for this lake on Contour Elite, so you’ve got some historical data that you can review to help key you into productive locations.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You open Contour Elite and go to your fishing log.  You want to search the fishing log for past trips under under similar conditions.  In the fishing log search form, you put in tomorrow’s date (+/- 10 days), a water temperature of 58 degrees (+/- 4 degrees) and strong north, northeast, and northwest winds.  The fishing log identifies 4 successful entries matching the search criteria.  These 4 locations would be good locations to try tomorrow, but you also want to try some new locations.  You select one of these entries and push the “find similar areas button” and Contour Elite highlights other areas around the lake with similar characteristics.

  • Getting to the locations....

    In order for you to navigate to these areas waypoints on the lake, you decide to print the fishing log and waypoint information.  When you get to your boat, you enter the lat/long of the 10 locations into the chartplotter.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you research past fishing locations to identify productive areas.  It also allowed you to find other areas of the lake with similar characteristics, which expanded the number of locations for you to try.

    Contour Elite helped you navigate to the areas by allowing you to print the lat/long coordinates of your waypoints for easy entry into your chartplotter.

+ Tournament Angler
  • Scenario #1

    It is early spring and you’ve got a tournament coming up this weekend.  You have heard from your friends that bass are staging just outside shallow coves waiting to come in to spawn.  You’ve been reading lake contour maps for years and can quickly and easily find locations you’re looking for.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You open Contour Elite and inspect the detailed contours for points and creek channel ledges that lead from deeper main-lake areas into shallow coves.  You click on areas with the 3D viewer to get an even better visualization of the bottom and possible routes bass may take and and any subtle irregularity that may concentrate bass along the way.

    When you find a good spot, you mark it on the map with a waypoint.

  • Getting to the locations....

    You’ve got a Humminbird chartplotter, so you export the waypoints in .hwr format to an SD card. When you get to your boat the next day, you import the waypoints into your unit.

    Now that the waypoints are imported, you can easily navigate from location to location by going between the waypoints.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you identify fishing areas by letting you view LakeMaster’s contour maps in the comfort of your home on your home computer.  The detail of the maps allowed you to find precise locations where bass are likely to be as they stage for spawning outside shallow coves.  The 3D viewer let you take a closer inspection of potential areas to confirm your first impression and to pin-point more subtle irregularities.

    Because you were able to export waypoints in Humminbird format, you were easily able to transfer the locations to your chartplotter.

  • Scenario #2

    You’re fishing in a two day tournament.  On day 1, you think you have a pattern figured out and have marked a few waypoints at productive areas.  The weather has been stable, so on day 2, you think that this same pattern may still be working.

  • Searching for the best locations...

    You decide to use Contour Elite’s Find Similar Areas feature to identify other areas that may be good.  You import the waypoints from your chartplotter into Contour Elite.  Then, you go to your fishing log, select one of your best waypoints, and then push the “find similar areas” button.  Several other areas similar to this location are highlighted across the lake.

  • Getting to the locations....

    You mark additional waypoints on the map representing these new areas and export them to an SD card.  When you get to your boat the next day, you import these waypoints into your Chartplotter.

    Now, not only do you have your original waypoints from the pattern you established on day 1, but now you have new waypoints for similar areas for day 2.

  • How did Contour Elite help?

    Contour Elite helped you by allowing you to identify potential areas based on a pattern that you had established the day before.  The Find Similar Areas feature took successful waypoints and identified other areas of the lake with similar characteristics.

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