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Looking for advice on which brand of card to get. Using a Humminbird 698ci hd si and a Humminbird 899 ci hd si. We fish inland lakes in central Michigan mostly, for panfish, bass and pike. Will be using the 698 for ice fishing as well.
All of the different options for the Navionics seem a little overwhelming.

Wondering what other people are using and their experiences.

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Lowrance Lake Insight Pro. Free99 on most lowrances and I've never had a problem with it. I've seen the comparison before between Navionics and Lakemaster and it is 50% one way a half the other. I would imagine both are good chips. The more you spend the more you will get, as in more contours, fishing hotspots, boating obstructions, and even bottom content.
 

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humming bird owns lake master. not much difference between the two. depends one what your plugging it into. The phone app is not all that accurate compared to a designated gps unit and hard on the batteries too. With that said it's a good deal for the price for what you get
 

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Thank you, Good to know. I wondering about the phone app too. It sounds really tempting but I'm a little worried about having my phone out all the time, specially on the boat.....i tend to be accident prone when it comes to my phone.
 

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I have found the navionics app to be pretty accurate on inland lakes. Rivers and great lakes... Not so much.

Try their web app and see what you think.
 

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Exactly the kind of info i was hoping for, thank you.
 

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Avalon lake, wixom lake and lake Simcoe are examples of where i found the app to be pretty good. I thought it was terrible on Saginaw bay and its pretty bad on the Detroit river.

I think you can try the Navionics app for free during a trial period.
 

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Another thing to realize is that certain units will only take a certain brand chip. I have used the phone app as well, I have found the contours are usually pretty spot on, but the depths to be way off on certain lakes. You can always still mark spots and trails on it which can be very helpful.
 

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Thank you, sounds like i need to get my humminbird manuals out and figure out what my units will work with.
That will probably make the selection a little less intimidating as well.
 

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Navionics only work with Humminbird Onix/Ion units according to the Nav website.
Well that's just not true nor do I see that on their website. As stated by SureShot Lakemaster is made for Hbird, in fact I believe Hbird owns Lakemaster, don't take my word for that though.
 

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I have a helix 7, purchased the Lakemaster for it And returned it after 2 weeks. It was to detailed for the Helix units, if I wanted to search for a waypoint or zooming in or out it would take 10-15 seconds to catch up. I switched to the Navionics card and have not had any problems with it, loads fast and is accurate for position but depths will be off as the water levels change.
 

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I have a helix 7, purchased the Lakemaster for it And returned it after 2 weeks. It was to detailed for the Helix units, if I wanted to search for a waypoint or zooming in or out it would take 10-15 seconds to catch up. I switched to the Navionics card and have not had any problems with it, loads fast and is accurate for position but depths will be off as the water levels change.
Very good to know thank you. I imagine that if it bogs down a Helix unit it probably would be hard for my older less fancy 698 to keep up with it.
 

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Avalon lake, wixom lake and lake Simcoe are examples of where i found the app to be pretty good. I thought it was terrible on Saginaw bay and its pretty bad on the Detroit river.

I think you can try the Navionics app for free during a trial period.
I have used Navionics on the Saginaw Bay since 2013, depths seem to be very accurate if you account for the average Lake level datum. Some of the structure breaks may be suspect but I am very happy with it.


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I have used Navionics on the Saginaw Bay since 2013, depths seem to be very accurate if you account for the average Lake level datum. Some of the structure breaks may be suspect but I am very happy with it.


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Its the structure/breaks that are terrible, IMO. Much better on other lakes. I agree, you have to set it up right. Levels change all the time.
 
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