The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently made map and GPS coordinates available online for nearly 550 fishing hot spots across the state.
Anglers can access the map and download GPS coordinates from the Where to Fish section on the Commission’s website. Users can import waypoints (longitude/latitude) using a text file, an Excel file or a GPX (GPS Exchange Format) file. They can also use the map to find the approximate locations and types of fish attractors found in each body of water.
Anglers using smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices can access the map using the Commission’s new mobile website, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx, by clicking on the Fish Attractors icon on the Maps tab of the mobile website.
Currently, fish attractor locations are listed for 50 public ponds, reservoirs and lakes throughout the state, although Commission staff updates the map and files as new fish attractors are added.
Staff with the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries has been adding fish attractors to major reservoirs for years to provide better habitat for fish, which enhances fishing opportunities for anglers. While many of the fish attractors are marked with orange-and-white buoys, some are unmarked and have been difficult to find without GPS coordinates.
“We place these structures in our public waters for anglers to utilize, and we want anglers to be aware of the location of these structures,” said Lawrence Dorsey, a district fisheries biologist with the Commission. “The online map and downloadable files are a great resource for anglers looking for submerged structures that attract fish.”
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.