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MineralMan
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:31 AM 02/02/05 (CST)
I've been looking at the site below, which offers aerial photos of just about every place in the U.S. Of particular interest to me are the aerial photos of MN Lakes.

They're a bit old, but very interesting. As you zoom into them, you can actually see some underwater structure. Of course, due to the age of the photos, there may well be changes in that structure, but it could serve as something of a guide.

TIP: The search tool won't let you search by lake name, in most cases, so search for a city or town near the lake and zoom in on the lake. Here's the URL for the site. Enjoy!

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:39 AM 02/02/05 (CST)
One more feature of the site in the message above is topographic maps of anything you can see in an aerial photo. For the lakes, you see depth contours on these maps. You can zoom in on specific areas to see more detail.

Again, these photos and maps are old, but they could be a very valuable resource for permanent structure in the lakes. Naturally, you can print the maps out for reference on the water.

It's all free, and from the USGS, via Microsoft.

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/





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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:01 AM 02/02/05 (CST)
yOU CAN'T ZOOM IN CLOSE ENOUGH TO SEE ANYTHING. OPPS CAPS LOCK IS ON LOL.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:20 AM 02/02/05 (CST)
That depends on the area you're looking at. Take a look at White Bear lake, then click on a feature. Keep clicking on parts of that feature until you get to the maximum zoom.

I looked at the topo map of Phalen Lake, and found the 70' countour. I didn't know where the deepest part of the lake was until I looked at that topo map.

For some areas, though, you're right. The info isn't detailed enough. For others, they have tighter zooms. I'm still going to find it useful to get started on some local lakes.





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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:47 AM 02/02/05 (CST)
I'll try again later.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:17 PM 02/02/05 (CST)
Thanks MineralMan,

I have some topos too for download if you want. They are located at here.

If you want other lakes, just ask and I will add them. I have been adding them as users request them. Just another way tp try to make this site useful :-)






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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:31 PM 02/02/05 (CST)
Thank! I saw those topos. One of the nice things about the site I mentioned is that the topos have road and street names on them. Just the thing to get you to an unfamiliar lake (they're all unfamiliar to me so far).







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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:44 PM 02/02/05 (CST)
Hey MineralMan,

Just curious as to why you mentioned White Bear Lake in your example. I was born and raised there. Spent many great days fishing smallies on White bear.

Fished Phalen to.



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 02:06 PM 02/02/05 (CST)
Since I live in NE St. Paul, WBL is the closest lake of any size to me, and Phalen is just five minutes away. So, I checked those two out on the site first. It's the first time I've seen the contours on Phalen or WBL.

I just got here this summer, so I'm starting off slow.





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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:23 PM 12/12/05 (CST)
I just found this post. You can display the aerial photos in mapping software like Fugawi (the lost tribe!). You then create waypoints on interesting structure and load them to your GPS and drive right to them. I have been doing this for a few years and have found new spots that produced fish. Doc Samson


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