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GPS Chip?

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Hey guys. Just wondering what would be the best chip for my Lowrance H2O. I am looking for one to use at Lake of the Woods and Red Lake, possibly even Winnie and Mille Lacs. Any info, no matter how brief would be greatly appreciated.

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I've got Lakemaster & Navonics; like the Lakemaster better

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I have navionics and am happy. But have also had Lakemaster and been happy...

I run a Bird now on my boat, and it only works with navi.. so that is what I run.

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If you want Lake of the Woods you will have to get two chips, neither LakeMaster nor Navionics have LOTW on their chips with the rest of MN.

Red, Winnie and Mille Lacs are on the LakeMaster MN chip, I think Nav has them too (not 100% sure of that without checking). I use both LM and Nav and generally prefer LM for the lakes it covers.

You can check out the map chips at Pro Fishing Supply LakeMaster Chips and Navionics Chips. We have the '09 Nav Chips available, as well as the LOTW / Rainy Lake LakeMaster Chip and the new Dakotas LM chip.

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With the Lake Master you can zoom in farther so it's nicer for an H2O. I have both but prefer Navionics here in Wisconsin (LMS 334c) because it has more of the smaller lakes in my area but I use the Lake Master in my XOG for the zoom factor.

Which ever one you decide on, Pro Fishing Supply is a great place to get them. Dave will treat you right!!!

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That's interesting you say the navionics chip can't zoom in as good. I was looking at maybe getting the 09 navionics because the number of smaller lakes and the number of 1 foot contours. I guess 1 foot contours aren't any good if you cant zoom in to see the detail.

Good to know since I'm looking for a chip for my XOG I ordered.

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That's interesting you say the navionics chip can't zoom in as good. I was looking at maybe getting the 09 navionics because the number of smaller lakes and the number of 1 foot contours. I guess 1 foot contours aren't any good if you cant zoom in to see the detail.

Good to know since I'm looking for a chip for my XOG I ordered.

On H20s the Nav chip won't zoom in as far as the LakeMaster chip. On gps and combo units like you'd mount in a boat they will both zoom in to the same level.

I haven't tried zooming in on a Nav chip with an XOG but I think it'd be the same as the H20???? Not sure about that though .....

Is the zoom nicer on LakeMaster? Yes ---- but not if LakeMaster doesn't have your lake and Navionics does have your lake.

I wouldn't say the 1 foot contours aren't any good on a Nav chip on an H2O. You can still zoom in to 1/4 or 1/8 of a mile and get pretty good detail, definately better than if you didn't have a chip.

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I guess I worded that wrong, I didn't mean that you couldn't zoom in with Navionics but that with the LM in the H2O you could zoom in farther. I was told that with the XOG, LM could zoom in farther but I haven't tried the Navionics in my XOG, just the LM chip. I do have the Nav chip in my H20 and it seems to get you close enough to be able to see what you need to.

Hope that clears thing up a bit. 1.gif

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That's fine I get the idea though, I will have to decide which lakes are on and which aren't. Any idea when the 09 lakemaster list will come out?

With the XOG's, you guys use them in your boat? What did you use to mount it and how do they do in the sun? Can't wait to get a chip and give it a try on the ice, save some gas with the auger hopefully.

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XOGs arent waterproof so using them in a boat is only a good idea if you never fish in rain or get splashing in your boat.

The H2Oc would be my choice for a all around GPS thats good in a boat or sled/wheeler.

XOG is great in a vehicle and guys used them on sleds this winter with good luck from what they say.

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I just bought an h20c, and love it!!!Are they really water proof? Can you leave them in the mount while fishing in the rain?

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I dont know where you are from but if you know anyone around alexandria, there in a boat shop in alex that sells them all for $80 bucks, lakemasters and navionics, the 09 will be a lil more but less than the $150 everyone else wants

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Check Gander they had the 06 Lakemasters for $20 a few weeks back.

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I just check the Duluth store is out. They went to $15 and the flew out the doors.

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I haven't tried zooming in on a Nav chip with an XOG but I think it'd be the same as the H20???? Not sure about that though .....

The XOG with a Lakemaster will zoom into 12'. The XOG with the Nav. chip will only zoom to 100'. Not a big deal, just an FYI.

If I am correct, the 08 Nav. chip does not have Upper Red Lake on it. They might have added it for 09.

I have no dought in my mind my XOG will be in the boat this year smile. I have had an XOG all ice season and have not treated it all that well, to see how far it will go. It has been dropped in slush and snow, used in -10 plus temps, been snowed on, frosted on, slight rain and even fell off my snowmobile last weekend (perchpounder can back me on that grin) while riding. Still works great and gets me right back to my holes with a couple feet.

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get the chip that has the lakes you like to fish.

i just got the lotw/rainy chip and it rules....also have the premium north navionics chip cause it was the one that had most of my local smaller lakes and lakemaster didnt.

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The XOG with a Lakemaster will zoom into 12'. The XOG with the Nav. chip will only zoom to 100'. Not a big deal, just an FYI.

Thanks for the info. 100' is all my m68c can zoom into anyways so I'm used to that. It looks like it will come down to what lakes I fish. Thanks guys.

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According to Navionics' HSOforum they have Rainy (partial survery), Lake of the Woods (partial survey), and Upper & Lower Red included in the 09 HotMaps Premium chip. Not sure what the partial survey includes though.

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I'm not 100% sure about this but I think there's a few bays on Rainy that weren't surveyed (in Canada), as well as part of the Canadian portion of LOTW.

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make sure about the lakes you want are on the chip as I havent been really pleased with the version I bought 08 there isnt many lakes in the area of maine I live in or fish on as I see it I bougth the h20 and chip for one lake I go to 1 time a year and Ill have to be happy with that Im also dissapointed with the base map that comes with it as the roads are non existant shows I really live in the woods and the lakes that they dont have mapping for dont even come close in shape other than the lake I am going to use it on once a year (1 of 2 detailed maps) the regular maps that the magellan (topo) are alot better in lake shape and is my go to for most of my outdoor activities IMHO

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