Fish PA-GPS Guide 2.0

Tutorial For Android

This tutorial can be viewed on your Android however we recommend you use a computer and open so that you can easily follow along on your Android

The tutorial is designed to take you step-by-step through all the major features and functions of your app. Each new chapter builds on techniques previously covered so it is highly recommended that you follow along from beginning to end so that you can make the most of this GPS Fishing Guide













Current Location Indicator
Primary Fishing Streams are displayed as thick lines colored Blue, Green, Orange, Brown, or Purple
Additional Naturally Reproducing Trout Streams are displayed as thin Red lines
Other Streams not listed by PFBC are dispayed with thin Blue Lines

Fishing Lakes are displayed with a Dark Blue border.

PFBC Stream Section Numbers are shown as a Yellow box with the section number. These are placed at the section's upstream limit
Predefined Fishing Destination Pin
Waypoint Flag
Selected Target displayed on map.



Tap this button to center the map on your current location
Tap this button to center the map on your selected target. This button is only active if a target has been set.
Features Menu - Tap this button to access other app screens.
This display calculates the distance and compass bearing from you current location to your selected target. A target must be set to see this display.
This zoom control appears whey you tap the map. Use it instead of pinching the map to help the map zoom smoothly and not have the map tiles shift.



You can view the map with fishing information superimposed over your choice of Roads, Satellite Images, USGS Topo Maps or a Plain White Background.

Tap the Features button and to open the Features Menu

Choose Settings on the features menu.

The settings page will open

Choose "Background Map" from the settings page to open your background map choices.

Choose "USGS" then return to the map.

Tap the Back button on your Android device to quickly return to the map.


Open the Features Menu from the settings page and choose "Map"

When you return to the map, it remains in the same position you left it with your new background map displayed.

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Tap the Features button and open the Features Menu

Choose Menu on the features menu.

The app's Searh Menu opens.



Choose "Search All Fishing Waters" to open the keyword search page.

Tap the word "Search" in the Search Box to open the keyboard.

We are going to search for Lake Warren so type in the letters,"warre". You only need to type in part of a water's name to search. This is often a good idea to eliminate typo's giving you no results.

The Search Box should look like this.

Now tap the Enter button on the keyboard to start the search.


The Search Results page opens listings preprogrammed fishing destinations that match your keyword search. The order of your listing may differ because results are listed in distance order from your current location so you always know which distination is closest.

Result listings included the water's name, township, county, and distance from your current location. For streams and rivers, you'll also see a number before the stream name. This number is the PFBC's stream section number. If PFBC is stocking Section 3 of Penns Creek, type "3-penn" into the search box and you'll only get results for section 3 of Penns Creek.



We were searching for Lake Warren so tap the result named "Lake Warren Dam" to open it's Details page.

The details page is full of information including fish species you'll find at that destination, location specific fishing regulations, seasons, size and creel limits. For boat launch destination, you'll aslo find details about the boat ramp. Seasons sized and creel limits are listed for all fishing species because you never know what you might catch.. Focus on the, "Fish Species at This Location" listing to know what species you are likely to catch.



Tap the Star button to save this destination to you Favorites.

A prompt will tell you it is saved.

Now tap the Back button on your Android device several times until you return to the Search Menu

Choose "My Favorite Fishing Spots"

Lake Warren Dam is now listed in your favorites. Touch the result again to return to it's Details Page.

Tap the Star button again to remove this destination from you Favorites.

Lake Warren Dam is removed from your Favorites.



Get turn-by-turn driving directions to Lake Warren.

Tap the GO button on the Details Page.

Your Google Maps app opens with your current location and chosen fishing destination ready to go. You can now "Get Directions" or start your "Navigation".



Now close the Maps App and reopen the GPS Fishing Guide then go to the Search Menu again.

The remainder of the Search Menu's options allow you to search for specific types of fishing including searches by species, regulations, or boating requirements. You can also find a PFBC fish hatchery.

We'll explore one option in detail but we encourage you to experiment with the menu options. For this example, let's find a nearby Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure trout stream. Choose "Find Trout Fishing".

The Trout Fishing Submenu opens allowing you to search many categories of trout waters. Choose "Special Regulation Trout Waters".

The Trout Special Regulation Menu opens. As you can see, the app's Search Menu allows you to drill down on multiple levels to find just the type of fishing you enjoy. Choose "Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures"

The Results Page gives you up to 100 preprogrammed fishing destinations on streams with the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures regulation in effect.

Now tap the Back button on your Android device several times until you return to the Search Menu



In addition to searching for fishing near your current location, the Search Menu allows you to search for fishing destinations in distance order from any PA town of your choosing. This is a great tool for planning a trip.

Open "Settings" from the Features Menu.

Find the "Change Menu Search Setting". Listed diirectly below in small text, you see the words "Current Location". This tells you how this setting is currently configured. Tap that setting.

Choose "A Different City" then touch the search box to open the keyboard.

Type "wells"

Now tap the Enter button on the keyboard to start the search.

The search returns a number of towns matching your search listed in distance order from you current location. Choose "Wellsboro" in Tioga County from the list. Depending on your location, you may have to scroll the results listing to find Wellsboro.

The app returns to the Settings page. Note that the setting has changed to Wellsboro. Any results from the search menu will now be listed in distance order from Wellsboro, PA.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to change the setting back to "Current Location" once you are done with your trip planning. The app will remain set to Wellsboro until you change it!

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Waypoints allow you to store your own custom destinations and notes within the app.

Choose Waypoints on the Features Menu.

The Waypoints List opens. If you are new to the app, your Waypoints List will be empty.



Let's create the first waypoint using your current location.

Tap the ADD button

The Waypoint Detail page opens. Tap "Use Current Location"

Both the latitude and longitude coordinates of your current location are entered into the waypoint.

Tap the "Name" field to open the keyboard

Type "Home" to name the waypoint.

Tap the Check button to save the waypoint.

Your "Home" waypoint now appears in the Waypoint List. Tap the "Home" waypoint on thelist.

The Waypoint Details Page opens with additional options.



We'll now Target this new waypoint on the map. You can do this in either of two ways.

Tap the "Target on Map" Button

OR Tap the Target button



Return to the map and a green flag indicates the new waypoint. A target symbol below the waypoint indicates that we have set this waypoint as our Target Location.



Now we'll create a second waypoint using the map. Place your finger on the map somewhere in the upper protion of the visible area and hold it there for two seconds then lift.

A new waypoint is created at the location you were touching and the Point Window opens.

The new waypoint is automatically named using its latitude and longitude coordinates. If you tap the GO button now, you immediately get turn-by-turn directions to this waypoint. This feature is one of the most powerful tools in the GPS Fishing Guide. We call this "TouchNGo Navigation".Whether it's a point on a stream or your friend's house, you can use this app to get turn-by-turn directions to anywhere with just a touch on the map.

If you prefer to use your car's GPS for navigation, you can also type the displayed coordinates into your GPS and use it for turn-by-turn directions.

CAUTION - Whether you use your Android or a GPS for turn-by-turn directions, navigation is dependent on your device's navigation system and available roadmaps. If your destination is not along a road, the directions will only get you close and you may need to park and walk to the actual destination.



Let's now rename and edit our new waypoint. Choose "Details"from the Point Window.

The new waypoint's details page appears. Touch the "Name" field and rename it to "Point 1" then touch the "Notes" field and enter "Note 1". Editing waypoint data or adding additional notes is easy.

Your screen should look like this when your edit is completed.

Tap the Check button to save the edited waypoint data.

Return to the map as you left it with the new waypoint flag in place. Touch the flag to open the Point Window

You'll notice the waypoint name is now "Point 1". Tap the "Details" button to return to its Details Page.

Tap the Target button to change the Target to that waypoint

The map now centers on the new waypoint with the Target displayed. You'll also notice the map now shows you the distance and compass bearing to the Target from your current location.

On the map, experiment with the two buttons below to understand how they work on the map. These buttons are especially useful when hiking to a waypoint in the wilderness.

Center on Current Location

Center on Target

Deleting a Waypoint

Choose Waypoints on the Features Menu.

The Waypoint List opens. Touch on the "Point 1" waypoint until the "Delete Waypoint Window" opens.

Choose "Yes"

"Point 1" is deleted from the app.

Tap the Back button on your Android device to quickly return to the map.

The waypoint flag is also gone however the Target is still visible on the map. The Target will always remains on the map at its last assigned location until you set a new Target or Clear it in the Settings. As you explore the map, the Target acts as a placeholder so you can always find your most recent targeted location.



If you have email set up on your device, you can use the "Share Location" button to email the location and details of this waypoint to a friend.

You can manually enter and edit longitude and latitude coordinates for your new and existing waypoints.

The "Date Created" field automatically stores the date you first created your waypoint.

The "Last Modified" field autmatically updats the date each time you edit a waypoint.

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The green pins displayed on the map show the locations of preprogrammed fishing destinations. Browse your map to find a fishing stream with several pins visible.



Now let's identify this stream. Tap a pin to open its Point Window.

We can see that this point is on Section 2 of Skippack Creek. We could now use the "TouchNGo" function by tapping the "Go" button to start driving right to this location but we want to learn more about Skippack Creek Section 2.



Tap the "Details" button on the Point Window to open the Details Page. It's always a good idea to check the details on any new water you plan to fish.

The Details Page for this point opens. We see under "Fish Species At This Location" that this is primarily a trout stream. We know the section is stocked because under "Fishing Regulations", we see, "Approved Trout Waters".' We also know the stream's opening day in March 30 at 8:00am.



Tap the Target button on the Details Page to set this point as the Target

The map opens centered on the pin with the Targeted indicator.



Fishing destinations are distributed about every two to four miles along each stream section at access points or bridge crossings so you can easily identify the stream on the map.

CAUTION - A few streams and lakes do not have road access. These still have destinatlon pins.



Let's check to make sure we can drive to the pin we targeted. Try pinching to zoom the map in and out. You'll see the stream line acts strangely and it is difficult to keep the map pin centered as you zoom. This is an issue with Google's Maps.

Tap the Center on Target button to center the map on our Target location again.

Now tap the map to open the zoom control

Tap the PLUS button to zoom in several steps. You'll notice the map remains centered on our target. We included the zoom control to make it easier and overcome the zoom issues in Google Maps.

Looking at this example, we can now see that our intended destination is on a road and we could indeed drive right to that point.

Now lets pick a different point on the stream. Pan the map following the stream line to find a different road crossing or even a road next to the stream.

Here we see a another road crossing upstream of the pin we targeted. Let's check that out. Zoom in one step and change the Background map to Satellite.

It looks like there may be a parking lot near this bridge so let's zoom in further.

Yes it is a Parking Area!



Let's go there by adding a waypoint. Touch the screen on the center of the parking area until the Waypoint is added. NOTE - When adding waypoints using the map, the more zoomed in you are, the more accurate the waypoint location will be.

We could now tap the GO button to launch Google Maps and get driving directions right to that parking lot. If we liked that fishing spot, we could later edit the waypoint details, perhaps naming the waypoint, "Skippack Creek Sec 2 Parking" and record our fishing log for the day in the waypoint's notes field.



You can use the map to explore fishing as you drive. Connect your Android to your car's power. Open the map and center it on your current location then start driving.

In this example, we are just getting on the Turnpike to drive westbound after fishing at Lake Somerset which is our Target location. We see another fishing stream to the south of us.

As we drive, the current location indicator moves along the map to show us our progress. (The red line is for illustration purposes only and does not appear on the map.) As we approach the edge of the screen, the map recenters on our current location.

We see there's not much fishing in this area so we continue our drive.

The current location again reaches the edge of the screen.

The map again recenters and we notice a number of fishing opportunities including several naturally reproducing trout streams. Of course, we can always take a fishing break and use a pin or add a waypoint to get driving directions right to any of these streams.



Select USGS in settings and open the map. If the USGS layer does not appear, zoom out until it appears.

Now tap the map to open the zoom control

Tap the MINUS button to zoom out

USGS maps now load for the new zoom level.. You'll notice that they load as tiles. The first time you pan or zoom to a different area of the map, more tiles download and are stored internally on your Android device. The next time you need a stored tile, it is recalled from internal memory instead of downloading again. This reduces your data usages and also allows you to use the USGS maps even if you don't have phone service. To further reduces you data usage, we suggest you plan ahead and download USGS maps while connected via WiFi for areas where you plan to explore.

Now try zooming out by pinching. You 'll see that the map tiles act very strangely and seem to explode. This is an artifact of Google's maps as well. Again, we suggest you use the zoom control for better map performance.

Now tap the map to open the zoom control

Tap the PLUS button to zoom in until the USGS map tiles no longer appear.

This app uses USGS maps directly from a USGS server to assure accuracy. The USGS limits zoom levels to approximately the level of their printed maps. Rather than limit our zoom level, we chose to turn the USGS layer transparent so you could still take advantage of the infinite zoom available in our map.



USGS Maps, Fishing Maps, and Waypoints can be used without phone service. To prepare for offline use at a specific location, select USGS from the settings and browse the map in all areas and all zoom levels you would like to have available while you have a connection. Be sure to allow time for the map tiles to fully load. Make sure you cover the entire area.  Essentially if you have seen a particular area of the USGS and Fishing maps at a particular zoom level, that areas will be available for use offline but areas you did not browse will not.  Ideally just browse the map while connected covering your anticipated course at the various zoom level you would like to have available and the app will take care of the rest.

NOTE - Map storage can fill significant storage space on your device.  You can free up space in Settings by choosing "Clear Map Cache". This will remove all stored maps.  You can  always reload the maps you need at a later time.  In addition, we may update maps from time to time.  If you have old maps stored on your device, you will not have access to the updated maps until you have removed the old maps.



In this example we want to fish a naturally reproducing trout stream in Allegheny National Forest.


Using the roadmap, we drive to a bridge at the mouth of the stream and park our car.

We switch to USGS maps and create a waypoint where we parked. We target that waypoint before starting to wade upstream. As we move, the app tracks our progress. Because we set the Target where we parked, we know our car is approximately 1.17 miles downstream of us. At this point we find an excellent fishing hole so we create another waypoint and note it for future fishing trips.

As we continue to walk upstream, we decide that 2 miles is far enough and decide to return to our car. The app tracks our progress as we walk back downsteam.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Using your device as a handheld GPS is battery intensive and can significantly reduce your battery life. NEVER rely solely on electronic devices when traveling in the wilds!  You should carry a compass and know how to use it for your own safety.

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Sets the location from which search results are listed in distance order.

Sets the underlying map to display USGS, Road, Satellite or Plain White Background.  NOTE - There is a limit to how far you can zoom in on the map when set to USGS.  When you exceed this limit, the USGS will disappear and you'll see only a satellite view.

When set to "Yes", you see fishing information superimposed over the background map. Predefined fishing destination pins are not effected by this setting.


Allows you to vary the transparency of the fishing map layer to see the underlying map.

Enables and disables the current location indicator on the map.  This is a useful tool for battery management.

Enables and disables the display of distance and bearing calculations on the map when a target is set.

Removes the stored USGS and Fishing Maps from your device's memory.  This is an important tool to manage available space and allows you download any updated maps.

Clears the set target and removes it from the map.

Permanently delets all custom waypoints.

Exports your custom waypoints and data. This builds a custom file that can be emailed to a friend or to yourself if you replace your phone. To import the waypoints, open the email on your Android device and then open the attached file. On most Android devices, your waypoints will automatically import.

Some Android devices do not directly support importing of waypoints however you can use a free app named ASTRO File Manager to import waypoints. After you install ASTRO, save the waypoint file on your device. Open ASTRO and navigate to the file. Touch the file until a menu opens. Choose "Open As" then choose "Text" and a list of apps opens. Choose the GPS Fishing Guide" and select "Just Once". Your waypoints will then be imported.

NOTE - The GPS Fishing Guide does not support cross platform import at this time. You cannot import waypoints from an Apple Device into your Android GPS Fishing Guide nor can Apple users import your waypoints.

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Using your device as a handheld GPS is battery intensive.  These suggestions can help to  maximize your battery life.

1.  When using the app for navigation in your car, use a car adapter to power the device so that you'll have a full charge when you reach your destination and head into the wilds.

2.   The screen display on your device is a major drain on power.  Set the Auto-Lock on your device to the shortest time possible.  While this means you will probably need to unlock the device more often, it will significantly increase battery life.

3. When not viewing your map, place your Android in sleep mode. You can always find your location on the map later with "Center on Current Location".

4.  To accurately display your current location on the map, The app continually polls GPS satellites to identify your location.  This function adds demands on your battery.  You can disabled this function using the "Display Current Location" setting.  Disabling the current location still allows you to view the maps.  To find your location again, turn the "Display Current Location" on.  Your location will now appear.

5.  Many manufacturers sell reserve battery packs that you can carry into the field for additional battery life.  You may wish to consider purchasing a backup power source for use in the wilds.

6.  There are many Internet articles and discussions covering additional tips and tricks to conserve your battery.

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If you have additional questions or if we can help in some other way, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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