In recent months the competition is leading both outfits update with aerial and satellite photos of much higher resolution, taken by NASA, the Department of Agriculture and others. The most current version of Google Earth has high resolution photos of northern Colorado taken on Aug. 18, 2012, even more useful because that was a time of low water levels. And incredibly, you can zoom down to where one inch of photo represents about 10 feet, and go back in time to look at the lake when it’s at different water levels. To get really good at using the technology gets a bit complicated – but you can learn a LOT by just logging on and looking around the lakes, ponds, streams and hunting grounds in Colorado – or South Dakota, Nebraska or Florida.
Google Earth is the gold standard for the free stuff. With it you can look over your favorite lake, pond or stream, or search for new ones. Just fill in the name in Google Earth’s search engine, or “fly” to the location. But until recently, around northern Colorado anyway, Google Earth photos were pretty dated, and not particularly high resolution. You looked up a photo of your house, and never thought about it anymore. Then Microsoft came in with Bing Maps and a whole new generation of photos.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife's brand-new Fishing Atlas, http://ndismaps.nrel.colostate.edu/fishingatlas/
Using Satellite Photos
Lake Francis Case, SD
River’s Edge Loveland
St. Vrain State Park
Cache la Poudre