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Getting ready for spring: time to study Google Earth

Blog by: Bill Prater , CO 2/9/2022
Part of Series: Fishing for Beginners

FYI, it appears the folks at Google Earth recently updated its satellite photos of northern Colorado; looks like most of the composite photos were taken in late June 2021. 

If you're not using Google Earth to gain a new perspective on the fishing waters around here, well, that's on you. For the rest of us, it's a chance to scope out best likely spots to wet a line on unfamiliar lakes, ponds and streams. (I wrote about Google Earth in more detail a couple years ago, just as the Pandemic was starting to keep us homebound,

You can download a free copy of Google Earth Pro to your desktop computer. Versions with less functionality (and smaller images) are available for notebooks and cell phones. Once you're familiar with the application, you can do other neat things like create maps and go back in time to earlier photos, taken on clear days or when water levels were lower.

Here's the link: To enlarge or reduce the size of the image, try clicking on it a few times. It doesn't take long to make yourself an expert.

Click on the link before to see an example,  the latest composite satellite photo of Lon Hagler, west of Loveland. If you look closely you can spot things like weed beds, shoreline breaks, the inlet channel carrying water from the Big Thompson.,-105.1478248,3284.39482979a,0d,35y,0h,0t,0r?utm_source=earth7&utm_campaign=vine&hl=en

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Blog Comments
Barnacles, 2/9/2022 2:49:46 PM
Great tool for hunters too. Most of the people that made those satellites work are right here in Colorado. Some of the smartest people on the planet. The resolution/ things you can see on some of the newer images is incredible.
ND Transplant, 2/11/2022 7:39:12 AM
Yes sir! That's exactly how I scout before heading up into the high country to fish:
Bill Prater (fishthumpre), 2/11/2022 12:11:09 PM
You're right about the resolution the improvements they've made over the past several years have been remarkable. Still seems like science fiction.

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