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Navionics vs. Lakemaster?

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Classic question, I'm wondering the differences? I know which ones cover what, since I'm going to fish mainly minnesota, I'll probably stick with lakemaster, but does it have Mille Lacs and URL? The only one I'm looking at for Navionics (since I'm pairing it with a Lowrance H20C my options are limited) would be the midwest chip, but I never fish South Dakota, Iowa, or Michigan, and rarely in Wisconsin or North Dakota. I'm guessing the lakemaster has significant more coverage than the midwest navionics?

Also, what're some overall differences between the two chips?

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Go to a retail store the sell both chips and put them into the H20. You will see the differences on some lake. Lakemaster i think makes the best chip for the big body of water. The navionics chips has alot more lake but they are just DNR maps, so they arent really that good!!! Best thing for you to do is to go and look at both of them side by side, thats what i did for customers that weren't sure what one to get smile.gifsmile.gif

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I use Navionics.

Compare the lakes both chips offer to what body of water you fish. Navionics had more of those lakes in my area that I fish. None are in the high detailed maps and I don't see that happening anytime soon. Still they are helpful.

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Lakemaster maps look a little better in my opinion. It also gives significantly more city/road/landmark information on it. Their HD lakes look fantastic.

Make a list of the lakes you fish (and try to include everything). Then compare which ones are included. For me the list is about 15 lakes or so. All were included in the Navionics (but only 2 were HD surveys, rest were DNR data). The lakemaster had 6 if I remember correctly. The same 2 HD lakes were included. But the lake I spend 75% of my time on was not on Lakemaster, thus the decision was easy and I bought Navionics.

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I had the previous version (2006) Lakemaster chip and I traded it in for Navionics.

I use them in my H2O and LCX27c, Lakemaster is WAY off contours on many lakes, I was on some lakes and while in 10ft of water map said I was over land and viceversa. Tried several times.

Navionics gives more details and is more accurate, also has the Great Lakes which are very important to me.

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What Navionics chip do you guys use?

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I just picked up my 2008 Navionics chip. Not too bad, considering the $50 rebate they offer if I mail in the 2007 version. Now I just need to find somebody with one of the mail-in envelopes...

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Now I just need to find somebody with one of the mail-in envelopes...


I sent mine in with a form downloaded from Navionics and got my check....

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I sent mine in with a form downloaded from Navionics and got my check....


Yeah, I got one from their site, but I am such a cheapskate... I figured the envelope must be Postage-Paid... blush.gif

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