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I have a Lowrance GlobalMap 3500c on order. What contour map program would be best for Bemidji area lakes - Lowrance, Navionics, or other? Definitely want good contour maps for Bemidji, Cass, Winnie and Leech. Smaller area lakes would be a plus, but not as necessary. Thanks.

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As far as Bemidji and Cass go, there isn't much past the basic map. Navionics has the better Winni and Leech maps though.

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Hey Otter, how's the Ranger...There are some very good conversations on this topic at some other site you may frequent. But in general, the Lowrance Lakemaster has shown to be more accurate (Not by me but first hand side by side comparisons by others-you'll see) and it loads/refreshes faster. However, it does not have Rainy lake or LOW depths but it has the lake pictured. What I do in this case is find my spots/reefs and mark them on the map and name them just so I can find them later. I have the Lowrance chip obviously for my color unit and looked at both. I bought the Lowrance because it was $99 and was only MN. I don't fish much outside the state so there was no need to spend more. The 1 foot contours of Winni, Leech, my metro lakes and others, all in color, is simply awesome. Cass is on there but it is the Lakemaster enhanced DNR map, I'm not sure if there are any better maps of cass out there on chip. Maybe someone else can tell you.

Good luck,


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TMan, the Ranger's goin' great, but I bought in 2000 and other things are starting to go. Replaced all batteries and Pinpoint trolling motor last year. This year the GlobalMap 1600 conked. Since the Poinpoint 7520 sonar is now dated technology, I bought a Lowrance 102c along with the GlobalMap 3500, so I hope that I won't need anything else for a while.

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