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GPS lake contours

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ellroy2

Is there any GPS handheld mapping software available that has depth contours of some of the smaller lakes in the area(Sybil, Crystal, Loon)? I am looking on getting a handheld but am not sure how detailed some of the maps are.

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Chuckster

Get the H2O or H20c and I dont think you will be disappointed. The H2Oc usually runs about a 100 bucks more. Use this with the Navionics maps and you should be able to view even the smaller lakes. I saw on the Cabela's website that they have a pretty good deal on the H2O.

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kokke

The Lowrance H2Oc is the way to go, I've used many hand-helds and this is my favorite by far. Lakemaster also makes very good contour maps some lakes to the foot but I'm unsure of how many lakes it covers, mostly the bigger lakes not so much the small lakes.

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shae1986

I will too go with the H2O i love mine and teamed with the lakemaster chip they are amazing. For some of the smaller lakes you might have to go Navionics North Hot Maps chip, basically what most of the smaller lakes are they take the DNR lake maps and turn them into digital maps on the chips. I like lakemaster but if you are looking for those smaller lakes you will need to get Navionics for now.

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wplatehunter

You can not go wrong with the H20. I have the lake master chip and it has most of the lakes in this area.

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RK

Hiya -

Just an FYI on the lake maps...unless a company like Lakemaster has re-surveyed the lake, the map you get on a unit like the H20 is basically the same as a DNR map. Accuracy on them can vary from not too bad to not even close (Crystal's a case in point. Some of the stuff on that map is so far off you wonder if they were even on the same lake when they made the map...)

A plotting GPS like an H20 or a gimbal mount version (I have an x25 and an x17 on my boat) are great tools, and they'll get you in the ballpark with the base maps, but maybe their best use is giving you a way to plot out your own contours. I have lots of the spots I fish plotted out with icons around the piece of structure at a specific depth. To follow the contour you just connect the dots on the plotter screen. Plus I use it to mark weedbeds and rocks or other stuff too. I think you can put 1,000 or so icons on a unit's internal memory.

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

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alwayscatchineyes

who is this chuckster guy? must be a Hasse from Nashua

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fishin58

yeah it is, take his info and throw it out the window JK wink.gif

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Chuckster

alwayscatchineyes, do I know you? I know who the other hooligan is.

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alwayscatchineyes

If your last name is Hasse then I'm pretty sure you do know me.

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alwayscatchineyes

Is the extra 100 bucks worth spending for the color?

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Chuckster

My last name is Hasse. Are you from around that area? I think that the color might be worth the extra hundred if you are using it all the time. I have the non-color unit and when you zoom in so far it is sometimes difficult to tell between the depths. Once you zoom in so far sometimes the depths do not become visual.

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Paul

I have the h20. I would have to say that the extra $100 bucks is well worth it. YOu will hate it in the sun unless it is color, also at dusk sucks too. I wish the color was out when I bought mine but was not.

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