Fish Explorer has been developed as a tool for anglers to help anglers.
It is designed for you to pull up a lake detail page and find out its current status. In order for that to be true for every lake, we ask for your help in keeping the lakes updated.
So the next time you get back from a trip, tell us what you observed
If you fish a specific lake or lakes often, consider being a Lake Skipper
. Skippers commit to maintaining conditions on one or more lakes on a regular basis. So if you live close to one
of our featured lakes and can use an excuse to get out more often, fill out our Skipper Application
How do I?
It's a piece of cake! Go to a lake page using the drop-down menu at the top of the page and then click on the "Submit lake Update" button (Or you
may click on the red button which appears at the top of every page on the site.) This will take you to the lake update form
. Enter any information you have for any of the fields
requested. Click the submit button and the info will be sent to us for review and approval. Once approved, the information will be displayed at the top of the lake detail page with your
nickname next to it.
What kind of information are you looking for?
Water levels, water temperatures, and any other conditions that are pertinent, including road closures, boat ramp closures, campground closures, ice conditions, wind conditions, fishing reports,
and anything observable that could conceivably factor into a fishing/camping/boating trip to the lake.
But I'm not a good fisherman, so my info isn't worth a darn
Any information you can provide is likely valuable to other people. You don't need to know the spawning traits of the pikeminnow to submit a great lake report. This is why we ask
for mostly observable conditions - things that are measurable. The best reports will detail conditions as they exist. While some reports may go more into depth regarding fishing
techniques and observations, you do not need to include that.
I don't want to give away my secrets!
We' re not asking for secrets! We are looking for conditions of lakes and lake facilities to help other lake visitors. While we'd love it if you offered any fishing observations, it is more
important to us to get help keeping the basic conditions updated. Water temperatures and levels are some of these that we feel will give a knowledgable angler enough information to be successful without
exposing your well-kept fish-catching secrets.
Also check out these resources for anatmoy of a good fishing report:
Blog Post, Tom McInerney
Blog Post Dave Coulson