LEXINGTON - Next to the aquarium stocked with goldfish is a map cabinet. Across from it, Clint Land sits at a computer filled with the intimate details about the topography of more than two dozen central Kentucky lakes.
"Bass aren't like goldfish," he says, gesturing toward the tank. "They don't stay in one place; they move."
Time to feed. Time for spring. Time to spawn. Instinct calls fish to move, playing on their simple nervous systems. Sport fishermen are called, perhaps by instinct, to hunt the bass, follow them and hook them. Bass still navigate the creek and river beds below these created lakes, and congregate around structures left when the lake was flooded - cemeteries, house foundations, trees.
To find the channels and structures, fishermen use maps. Land makes maps.
In 1980, he was working at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet drawing highway plans. One day his boss told him to go into the map vault and throw away these U.S. Geological Survey topographical quad sheets. Curious about them, Land asked if he could bring them home.