Latest in GPS mapping a real game-changer

When you take a look at most fishing boats out on Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake these days, it is common to see some sort of GPS unit mounted on it.
GPS technology makes it easy for us to navigate areas of these lakes that we might not have previous knowledge of.
They allow us to record trails and mark hot fishing spots, and the mapping component helps us find fishing spots that we may have missed in the past.
I’m not saying you need to have a GPS unit to be a good angler, or that it is a necessity to catch fish. I’m just saying they will help make life easier on the water.
Heck, I learned my way around Lake of the Woods and Rainy by holding a paper chart in my hand and learning as I went. I would return to offshore humps by lining up boathouses, big trees, boulders, or whatever landmarks I could find along the shore.
The reality is, over the past five or six years, the single biggest thing that has made me a better angler for all species of fish is utilizing a GPS unit in my fishing.
I have Humminbird units on my boat now that I rely on every time I hit the water. These have upwards of 2,000 waypoints or marks saved on them that record the exact location of fishing spots I want to return to.
I have trails saved on the treacherous Rainy River to run from Emo to Fort Frances, as well as on many of the uncharted lakes across Sunset Country that I like to fish like Shoal, Crow, and Despair.
A small company out of Minnesota recently has taken mapping for these units to the next level. LakeMaster now is offering high-detail mapping for popular waters across North America, and has released a map chip called “Woods/Rainy” that features very high-detailed mapping of our two premier lakes.
If you thought you knew the lake pretty well, the information on this chip will blow you away. Humps, reefs, holes, and shelves that you had no idea existed are now shown on this card.
We all have secret little humps that are not marked on the traditional map—yet most of those are mapped out on this card. It’s a real game-changer.
In Regina Bay, near Sioux Narrows, there are more than a dozen shoals marked that are not found on the traditional charts. They all hold bass and walleyes at some point during the season.
At this point, LakeMaster is on Version 3 of this chip so if you are going to get your hands on one, make sure it’s Version 3 because it will have the most detail.
It should be noted that the high-detail mapping of Lake of the Woods is not entirely finished yet. The entire southern part of the lake—north to about Wiley Point, Rope Island, and Crescent Island—is mapped, including Whitefish Bay.
The waters north of this area are a few years out from being completed. Obviously it’s a time-consuming process to map out such a large body of water.
Rainy Lake is included entirely on this chip, as is the Rainy River.
Anglers across the region will continue to catch plenty of bass, walleye, lake trout, pike, and musky without utilizing GPS in their fishing.
But this technology, combined with the high-detail mapping offered by LakeMaster, definitely will make life easier on the water this season.