You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!


Looking for good handheld GPS

Recommended Posts

I have the navionics program on my phone and it works good to a point.  I have an H20c currently but looking to update. What does everyone else use to save waypoints?

What kind of lake chips are ppl running?

Any input would be great! Fish on!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

SI use my phone and iPad unless the ice is thick enough to have my snowmobile or utv out then I use my chart plotter lowrance Gen 3 with navionics platinum plus preloaded. 

I stopped using a handheld because the screens are much larger on the phone and ipad


Edited by James Vladyka

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Garmin has about 4 Handhelds to look at, GPSMap 64 series, GPSMap 78 series ( Float ), Etrex series and the Oregon 600 series, you can pick from push button or touchscreen models, the Oregon 600's will have the larger screen of the 4.

There are a few programs out there to convert your waypoints from your H2O, I use GPStrackmaker but there are several others out  there.

As for lake map chips, I would look for the Upper Midwest Fishing Guide MicroSD card on the web, you probably won't find any new ones anymore but theres some used ones showing up. Garmin does have a new lake map product called LakeVu that works in all of those units EXCEPT the Etrex, the new lake map card covers the entire U.S. and believe your looking at about $119.00 or so for that card and you get much more than just lake contours with those cards.

If you're a hunter, theres more products available for the devices listed above.


Edited by MN Mike

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Inevitably, 3/4 posters will tell you to use your phone or otherwise not provide you with advice about a handheld.  Happens everytime.

I've had a handheld GPS since 1998 and don't need an explanation on why you would want one over the navionics app on your phone.   I'm a fan of Garmin's 60 series.  I think they are up to model 64 now.  I had a 60Cx and and 62s.  They are tough units, that 60cx is still working after about a decade of banging around in boats and ice fishing sleds..  Unfortunately, they don't float and I accidentally tossed my 62s off the side of a boat.  Just got an Garmin Oregon 600 for xmas.  I like it, but I'm a little worried about the touch screen.  I liked the 60 series because they have buttons, which work better with gloves on.  I do like the larger screen on that oregon though and the more compact size.  

I don't think garmin offers the upper midwest fishing guide anymore.  I didn't see it on their page when I was looking for a map for my new oregon.   They do have the lake vu thing though at a comparable price.  One thing I'd recommend is getting it on a disc rather than a chip.  That way the map is on your computer and your GPS, and not just your GPS at the bottom of a lake in remote Ontario.

I would avoid an etrex...  Just not enough functionality.  They are good for getting unlost but that's about it.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

About 2 years ago I researched hand held GPS's after my 10 year old Lowrance died. I finally bought a Garmin 62st. I have been very happy with it so far, easy to use and much more intuitive than my old Lowrance was. In my research, I recall that a number of people suggested staying away from the touch screens if you will be using it in very cold weather, but I don't recall why any more

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like LakeVu might be your best bet. I use a GPSMap78sc with Upper Midwest Fishing Info for fishing. I prefer this over my phone because it is waterproof and floats so whether it is raining or I accidentally drop it in the lake (done that a time or two) it doesn't hurt it. I also use MnTopo software for hunting and US Roads & Rec (no longer available) for driving although the other software packages have pretty good road details. 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • If anyone here is in the market for an electric smoker, give me an IM. I will soon be listing my MES 40 that has only been used 1 time. It is barely even seasoned!
    • Not yet, but I have been thinking of trying one....
    • I figure any fish that doesn't get into my boat was a wall-hanger for sure. 😀
    • I've never bought a car/truck over $15K, so yeah.  It would take a powerball jackpot before I was in the market for a dealer showroom boat.
    • Dry brine with Mortons Tenderquick, amount directions per pound are on the package in a ziplock in the fridge. Add seasonings like onion, garlic, black pepper, maple sugar or brown, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. What ever you prefer. Take meat out of brine and let sit in Fridge overnight. Smoke around the 130 degree mark for 12 hours (for my liking) or as smokey as you like. Cut into 1/8" slices and cook in the oven 425 degrees for 20 to 30 min to your desired crispness. 
    • I just bought two panels that I am going to trim slightly to replace one of the 3 grates on my Big Horn grill... I actually have a buddy that received them this weekend for fathers day and say they work just as advertised on his pellet grill.... I will give an update next week when they arrive.
    • never heard of it....  
    • Since we are talking about searing stations, etc....   Has anyone ever used the Grill Grate product on their pellet grills?   https://www.grillgrate.com/shop-grillgrates/standard-grillgrates/pellet-grills/
    • You've got the right idea. There are a ton of bacon recipes here on HSO if you search for bacon - I've pasted one here to what seemed like one of the more popular brines. I made bacon once, and it turned out OK, but it's a long process.  Good luck and let us know how it turn out.