Every fisherman knows that the vast majority of lures, tools, baits and helpers you find in the average tackle store are designed to catch fishermen, not fish. Recently I found a tool that actually does help with my fishing. To be precise, it helps me find places to fish.
Gogal Publishing, located in Warrington, Pa, is known for publishing excellent fishing maps. This year they have taken the fishing map publishing process to the next level. With the introduction of the GPS Fishing Guide for Pennsylvania these guys have written the book on locating fishing spots.
The GPS Fishing Guide is currently only available to Pennsylvania anglers. The only thing you need to use it is a Garman Nuvi automobile GPS unit. Any model Nuvi will work.
After moving to the Harrisburg area my fishing took a step back. Unfamiliar with the area, it took a very long time to find good fishing spots. I asked a fellow angler I met in Bass Pro one day where to find the best fish. I explained that I was new to the area and could not find good fishing anywhere. He wrote out directions to his “favorite honey hole” and swore me to secrecy. I followed the directions to the letter only to find myself standing in front of the seafood counter in the Linglestown Giant. Fishermen are not known for telling the truth about good fishing spots! I finally understand the greeting over the door at Bass Pro.
The GPS Fishing Guide has solved the problem. I can now find my way to good fishing waters no matter where I am in the State. This guide is so easy to use it is almost like finding money on the street.
After starting up your Nuvi press the “Where To” icon and page down to the “Extras” category. After pressing the Extras icon you will see a line of text “GPS Fishing Guide – Pennsylvania”. Press on the line and you will be taken to a scrollable category menu.
You can choose to search by species of fish, lakes for boating, river and stream boat launches, or species based special regulation waters. There is even a category for finding a PFBC hatchery to visit and a category to learn about invasive species.
If you want to find a stream that has native trout – NO Problem! I was surprised to find that there are wilderness and Class A trout waters within 20 miles of Harrisburg.
If you are looking for hybrid striped bass; you can easily find a list of several lakes within 40 miles of Harrisburg that contain striped bass. Saugeye, walleye, muskie or any other fish you can name are easily located with the GPS guide.
Cost for the GPS Fishing Guide – Pennsylvania is $79.95 plus $4.80 tax. Shipping is free to this area. I mistakenly quote the price as around $90 on the video. Forgive me.
If you like to vary your fishing excursions like I do, this tool will be the most used in your tackle box.