Do you ask, "What lake did you catch that fish on?"
In my opinion, if you're in the Pelican Lake thread, why are you asking for location? Pelican Lake is your location! How specific do you want me to be when you say "just a location/ I don't want your spot"? Ok, maybe you say what bay you were in. But when the last few posts say what bay is hot, jus what more do you want?
Some people seem to think there is one magic area on each lake and that's all. Apparently weather, time of day and a fish's general attitude still keeps them in one area.
If I know the person they get one of 2 replies - if they are the type of person who will bring 8000 people with them to the spot, I ask them if they can keep a secret. When they say yes, I say "Me too."
If they are the type that likes to keep hotspots quiet, I'll give them the lake, maybe offer to meet them there.
If you're showing it to a stranger, you have to ask yourself why you're showing the picture to a stranger.
True, but how many people can read old holes? I'm not disagreeing one bit, just bringing it into the conversation. I suspect that most see old holes and they don't deconstruct the other information it is telling them. You can tell if tip-ups were there or if someone was camped out jigging. If it's a tip-up hole are there any dead minnows laying around? What kind are they? Is there blood on the ice? Foot prints around a tip-up hole with the toes pointing to it could suggest that this was a good hole. Others where there are limited foot prints and they don't circle thing might suggest something different. If you come across holes within a day or two of them being used, even if they are iced over you can make a determination if fish came out of it. If other holes the same age are frozen up more than this one, then it means it was used for some reason and I'll give that general location a closer look.
For reasons listed above and many more I try to cover my tracks the best I can. Dead minnows and bait are never left willy nilly next to holes. Any marks left by chairs or buckets when jigging get snow, ice, or slush kicked over these marks. Same deal goes for any blood that came from a fish. When I'm using dead bait and check my tip-ups I always carry a minnow bucket along even if it's empty. If I see someone checking a tip-up and they don't have a bucket with them, to me that's pretty intriguing and suggests they are using dead stuff.