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Old 07-14-2006, 10:13 PM   #1
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I'd like to give something back to this great community, without which I would have never figured out how to catch walleye again. People from here have been helpful on the radio, in PM, and on the forum. I can't thank you people enough. My dad has been reinvigorated after a decade long hiatus from walleye fishing! So...

I use GIS software a lot at work, and as such, I can make my own maps. I've gotten ahold of several Lake Erie NOAA charts in electronic format. This means I can custom make pretty much any Lake Erie chart you want. I'm going to upload several that I have made thus far.

Please feel free to make requests. I've made these all 8.5 x 11 so you can print them out on pretty much any color printer. I can make any size you wish (i.e. if you want a big poster, I can make it).

The soundings in the Cleveland area are in feet. The soundings in Fairport and East are in meters (sorry, can't change that..it's the only format that I can get in electronic format).

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File Type: pdf Cedar Point to Huron.pdf (362.7 KB, 5700 views)
File Type: pdf E72nd.pdf (484.4 KB, 4486 views)
File Type: pdf Fairport.pdf (466.4 KB, 2337 views)
File Type: pdf Geneva_on_the_Lake.pdf (405.6 KB, 2677 views)
File Type: pdf Huron to Vermilion.pdf (402.3 KB, 5127 views)

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Old 07-14-2006, 10:14 PM   #2
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Need to add another file...
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File Type: pdf The Crib.pdf (460.1 KB, 3187 views)
File Type: pdf Vermillion to Lorain.pdf (496.9 KB, 2858 views)
File Type: pdf Wildwood.pdf (450.5 KB, 2091 views)
File Type: pdf Rocky River.pdf (359.8 KB, 1521 views)
File Type: pdf Avon_Point.pdf (344.6 KB, 1650 views)

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Old 07-14-2006, 10:18 PM   #3
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Commadore, I tried to d/l but it said insufficient data to download. Thanks Steve,
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:21 PM   #4
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I'm getting the same error. I can open the files that i have locally on my machine, which are the same ones that I uploaded.

RIght-Clicking and using the Save Link as menu only results in a .php file, not the pdf...Hmm. I'm not sure what the problem is.

Perhaps the Export to PDF fucntion is not embedding the symbols properly, becasue thenorth arrow and scale bars are not showing up. Let me try something else here...

edit: I found the problem. THe Export Utility was not working right. THey should work now!
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File Type: pdf Ashtabula.pdf (438.9 KB, 1600 views)
File Type: pdf Conneaut.pdf (454.6 KB, 1510 views)

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Old 07-14-2006, 10:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for taking the time to share the info!!
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:40 PM   #6
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Everything works for me, the info is good.

Now if I could only get the gov. to put maps on my gps for free.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:46 PM   #7
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Just double checked all the files. Everyone of the PDF works and looks just like they should. I am going to have to arrest you for illegally distributing NOAA charts without a venders permit, though.

Not !!!!!!

Just busting your chops ...... I make and sell maps for a living, I couldn't resist.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:52 PM   #8
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Hi. I use GIS software a lot at work, and as such, I can make my own maps. I've gotten ahold of several Lake Erie NOAA charts in electronic format. This means I can custom make pretty much any Lake Erie chart you want. I'm going to upload several that I have made thus far.

Please feel free to make requests. I've made these all 8.5 x 11 so you can print them out on pretty much any color printer. I can make any size you wish (i.e. if you want a big poster, I can make it).

The soundings in the Cleveland area are in feet. The soundings in Fairport and East are in meters (sorry, can't change that..it's the only format that I can get in electronic format).

Enjoy!
Very nice. that is quite a nice perk. Maybe in the future some in land lakes might be very benificial.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:03 PM   #9
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OK They all should work now!

BTW, all the charts I based these maps on are freely available at this location: http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/Raster/download.htm
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thanks mine printed great!! how about some for us eastern boys? do you got ashtabula & conneaut? thanks again..FISH ON!! EZbite
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Very Cool!! Can you do Avon and Rocky river??

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Thanks COmmodore, those should come in handy.They opened fine for me. Wildwood seems to be a 2nd version of the crib though.
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THANK YOU! Fantastic, should be made a perment link below the weather and Freebee's map. BTW, since you offered, could you do one for L. Michigan, just off Frankfort / Point Betsie ( due west of Traverse City )
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THANK YOU! Fantastic, should be made a perment link below the weather and Freebee's map. BTW, since you offered, could you do one for L. Michigan, just off Frankfort / Point Betsie ( due west of Traverse City )
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Thanks COmmodore, those should come in handy.They opened fine for me. Wildwood seems to be a 2nd version of the crib though.
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File Type: pdf Lake MI Platte Bay.pdf (352.0 KB, 348 views)

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Thank you for the maps! I went to the site you referenced, downloaded files and noticed that they are .bsb format. is this a maptech file format only. do I have to have this software to open them?

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Yeah you have to have some type of software to open the maps. I think NOAA has a free viewer, but I am not sure. Y\ou can get the NOAA charts for free, but I am using a $14,000 software package to make the maps...

The maps themselves are in the .kap format. I had to get a plug-in for ArcMap to get them recognized. I use ESRI ArcGIS software.

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Thanks! I got the viewer and can open the files OK now. very cool!

can you please create a pdf of the port clinton, catawba area out to the islands. middle south kelly's etc.?

THANK YOU!
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I have written some GIS code in a prior life ... I think I have some licensed tools on another machine. Let me see what I can do...

Anyone want to do my drywall for me so I can work on the maps? I will try to get to this later today but awesome find! Thanks for sharing!

In case someone else wants to play with this here are some free tools. http://freegis.org/
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Thanks! I got the viewer and can open the files OK now. very cool!

can you please create a pdf of the port clinton, catawba area out to the islands. middle south kelly's etc.?

THANK YOU!
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File Type: pdf Bass Islands.pdf (379.0 KB, 2496 views)
File Type: pdf Islands.pdf (625.8 KB, 2687 views)
File Type: pdf Kellys Island.pdf (326.4 KB, 2284 views)
File Type: pdf The Sisters.pdf (413.4 KB, 1737 views)
File Type: pdf West Sister.pdf (566.6 KB, 2633 views)
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