Best Fishfinders

Last update December 30, 2016
A lot of people like fishing. And today the process of fishing is not only joyous but also highly efficient. We have created this informative fishfinder review. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Detection Range
Usability
Data Mapping
 
PROS

A floating fishfinder that provides accurate information. Scans depth up to 130 ft. Free smartphone app.

CONS

The battery life is just 4 hours - insufficient for some users.

OUR VERDICT

Great choice for angling, boat fishing, kayak fishing, or ice fishing. Easy-to-use and durable.

detailed parameters
Detection Range
Up to 130 ft
Usability
Portable, for salt water and fresh water, for shore and boat fishing
Data Mapping
All information is displayed at the screen of your smartphone
PROS

This Humminbird fishfinder has a built-in GPS and a micro SD slot for uploading maps. Supports 3D data display.

CONS

This Humminbird fish finder is more expensive than other items in this review.

OUR VERDICT

That's a fishfinder that allows you to save the location on a chart so that you know where you fish.

detailed parameters
Detection Range
Up to 600 ft
Usability
Autonomous device, GPS, for fishing from a boat or motor boat, saltwater and freshwater
Data Mapping
5-inch LCD screen, 3D data display, 800 x 480 pi resolution
PROS
This best fishfinder boasts a fantastic detection range and shows all the information a professional fisherman needs for pleasurable fishing.
CONS
The screen resolution is comparatively low.
OUR VERDICT
This fishfinder is accurate and has a sensitive GPS receiver, so you can always find fish and mark the location. Awesome for both proficient and novice fishermen.
detailed parameters
Detection Range
Up to 1.600 ft in fresh water and 750 ft in salt water
Usability
Water rating IPX7, Sound alerts, Bottom lock (shows return from the bottom up), Water temperature sensor, Built-in GPS, Water temperature log and graph
Data Mapping
3.5-inch color HVGA screen, 480 x 320pi resolution
PROS
This small fish finder is compatible with thousands of Android and iOS devices. You can cast this excellent fishfinder with any type of fishing rods.
CONS
Some customers claim that the device is a bit heavy.
OUR VERDICT
FishHunter is a small yet professional fishfinder that you can use for both angling and boat fishing. It will make your fishing truly flawless.
detailed parameters
Detection Range
Up to 160 ft
Usability
Bluetooth or WiFi range up to 150 ft, 5 Tri-frequency transducers, Can be used at night, Long battery life (up to 10 hrs or 500 hrs in a standby mode), Easy app updates
Data Mapping
All information is displayed on the screen of your portable device
PROS

The screen of this fishfinder has a very detailed graphics. Impressive depth. Highly durable sensor.

CONS
Some users say it doesn't show top accuracy in shallow waters.

OUR VERDICT

A decent fish finder for those who want to enjoy fishing and save up the money.

detailed parameters
Detection Range
Up to 800 ft
Usability
Compact, durable (resistant to splashes), for boat fishing
Data Mapping
3.5-inch screen with good graphics, shows the silhouette of the fish, zoom option

What Is It

A fishfinder is a very handy appliance for any fisherman. It helps you literally look through the depth of water and detect the fish, so you can save time and find the best place for fishing. And if you think a depth finder is just a radar you are mistaken - it allows to scan the relief of the bottom, so you know what is underwater - it is very important for divers. No need to say, a fishfinder is a crucial appliance for amateur fishermen.

Finding fish is great, but you need to catch it and that's why don't hesitate to read our comparison of the best Fishing Rods for novice fishermen and professionals.

What To Look For

A choice of a good fish finder is a guarantee of a successful fishing. There are several important features you need to consider when you choose a depth finder. A common person will get nothing from reading too difficult technical terms, so we have decided to make it all much simpler, so that an average person can make a choice.

The first thing you need to consider is the Detection Range which means how deep underwater a fishfinder can scan. It is usually measured in meters or feet. Also, as an additional information, we give you a more profound information such as scanning angles, the power of a radar, a number of bands, and so on.

Having chosen a detection range, you need to realize how exactly the information is displayed and we have called this feature Data Mapping. Some fishfinders are autonomous and have TFT screens where all the data are shown, whereas others work via a special app you install on your smartphone or any other portable device. The graphics is different - some depth finders make a really detailed picture.

Finally, you need to know when and where you can use a fishfinder. Some of them are better for boat fishing while others are perfect for fishing from on the shore. That is why we give you a detailed information about the Usability. The best fishfinder sonars can be used in fresh water and in salt water.

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Review of Deeper DP0H10S10-P Wireless Sonar Smart Fish Finder

Deeper DP0H10S10-P Wireless Sonar Smart Fish Finder

Deeper DP0H10S10-P Wireless Sonar Smart Fish Finder

Detection Range

This echo-sounder is basically a round ball you put in the water and connect your smartphone or another device via a special app. The range (or depth) is up to 40 m (130 ft). The device uses 2 beams: the first one has a frequency of 290 kHz and the second one 90 kHz. One beam is used for mapping the bottom while the another one is used for scanning the area around. This technical capability is very beneficial for searching the fish.

Data Mapping

All the information is displayed on the screen of your smartphone (or tablet) via the special application called 'Deeper'. Apart from the underwater data, it also shows the temperature of water, shows a lunar fishing calendar, includes social network integration, etc. The image quality depends on the screen of your device.

Usability

Since it's a compact wireless fishfinder, you can put it in the water and stay ashore or you can use it for boat fishing. This depth finder is OK for salt water and fresh water and can be submerged at a depth of up to 10 meters. Also, it's shockproof, so even you accidentally hit it (for example, a boat can sail on it) it will not break apart.


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Deeper DP0H10S10-P Wireless Sonar Smart Fish Finder
Deeper DP0H10S10-P Wireless Sonar Smart Fish Finder
 
Review of Humminbird 409620-1 Fish Finder with Down-Imaging and GPS

Humminbird 409620-1 Fish Finder with Down-Imaging and GPS

Humminbird 409620-1 Fish Finder with Down-Imaging and GPS

Detection Range

Humminbird depth finder has the maximal reach of 183 m (600 ft). It is a dual-band fishfinder that boasts an echo-sounder with RMS power of 500 Watts and PTP power of 4000 Watts. There's a built-in GPS module which allows you to find out where you are and where there are plenty of fish. The sonar has the following scanning angles: 16, 28, 45, and 75 degrees. The signal is interference-resistant.

Data Mapping

Humminbird fish finder boasts a 3D data display. It can make multiple location tags on the maps. The data is displayed on the screen in 2 separate windows: different types of view are shown. Also, you can use this fishfinder as a GPS way finder. The device has a 5-inch screen that supports 800 x 480 pi resolution.

Usability

That's an advanced echo-finder for fishing from a boat or a motor boat though angling is also possible. No need to say, Humminbird fishfinder can be used in salt water and fresh water. It is an autonomous device which requires no connections to other gadgets. Also, there is an SD-card slot via which you can upload maps. The fishfinder goes with a built-in UniMap cartography and you can add additional maps by yourself if the included are insufficient.


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Humminbird 409620-1 Fish Finder with Down-Imaging and GPS
Humminbird 409620-1 Fish Finder with Down-Imaging and GPS
 
Review of Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Kayak Fishfinder

Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Kayak Fishfinder

Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Kayak Fishfinder

Detection Range

Garmin Striker fishfinder is a truly high-performing and efficient device that can scan the bottom and search fish in both salt and fresh water. If you use it in a freshwater river (lake, etc.) - the maximum detection depth is 1.600 ft, while for salt water it's 750 ft. In other words, this fish detector shows excellent effectiveness, so we can say that it's truly professional-grade fishfinder. All in all, if you like deepwater fishing - Garmin Striker is surely the optimal choice.

Data Mapping

All information is displayed on a 3.5-inch HVGA screen of Garmin Striker fish finder. The screen has the resolution of 480 x 320 pixels - not the record-high result but you can still see all necessary information clearly. Also, Garmin fishfinder has a built-in GPS receiver, hence, you can mark the places you fish on in order to know your route. It’s also great for finding a way back to the boat ramp. What's more, Garmin Striker sweeps between low and high frequencies in order to get as much information about the underwater situation as possible. Though many other models draw fish silhouettes on the screen, Garmin's CHIRP sonar creates crisp fish arches that provide all the information a fisherman needs.

Usability

Garmin Striker fishfinder is a rather durable device with a quality assembly level. This useful appliance is most suitable for boat fishing (no matter what kind of boat is used - it can be a canoe, a kayak. etc.). As we have already mentioned, Garmin can be used in both fresh and salt water, so you should certainly get this fish finder for fishing in local lakes or rivers. If you live by the sea, Garmin will help you catch scores of sea fish. It goes without saying that this fish finder can be used for winter fishing as well. Moreover, it can even show you the current water temperature. In addition, any fisherman will appreciate A-Scope sensor that shows you fish cluster in real time. Finally, an adjustable depth line will help you determine the size of underwater objects.


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Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Kayak Fishfinder
Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Kayak Fishfinder
 
Review of FishHunter Directional 3D Wireless Portable fishfinder

FishHunter Directional 3D Wireless Portable fishfinder

FishHunter Directional 3D Wireless Portable fishfinder

Detection Range

FishHunter Directional 3D wireless fish finder is a mid-level echo-sounder that allows you to scan the water as deep as 160 ft. Not only does it show you where the fish are but it also shows the bottom relief. The minimum detection depth is just 4 ft. Thus, you can easily use this portable fishfinder for fishing in shallow water (in rivers with lots of weeds underwater). FishHunter can be used anywhere from Texas to Alaska since the supported temperature ranges from -22 F (-30 C) to 95 F (35 C).

Data Mapping

This is a compact fish finder that you connect wirelessly to portable devices such as tablets or smartphones. Thus, all the information is displayed on the screen of your device. You can use either WiFi or Bluetooth wireless connection - they remain active within the range of 150 ft. But take into account that WiFi works 4X faster than Bluetooth. All you need to do is download 'FISHHUNTER PRO' mobile app and install it. This app is available for Android and iOS-operated gadgets. What is a benefit - several data mappings are available to you: directional casting (for you to know where to cast a bait), 3D bottom mapping, 3D bottom contouring, and ice fisher flasher. Therefore, you can easily pick the most suitable one. Also, 3D bottom contouring is very useful for divers.

Usability

As for convenience and usability, this portable fishfinder is truly fantastic. Actually, this echo-sounder is a waterproof floating sonar that you can cast either into water or tug (in case of boat fishing). The gadget uses as many as 5 Tri-frequency transducers that are incredibly efficient: they scan at different angles and sides providing the most detailed information. This fish finder is particularly handy for boat fishing: you float to a place, then immerse an echo-sounder, then find fish, and cast a bait at last. Besides, FishHunter Directional 3D fishfinder has quite a good battery life - up to 10 hours of non-stop operation or 500 hours in a standby mode.


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Fishhunter Wireless Fish Finder Demo
FishHunter Directional 3D Wireless Portable fishfinder
FishHunter Directional 3D Wireless Portable fishfinder
 
Review of Lowrance Elite-3X Fishfinder with 83/200 Transducer

Lowrance Elite-3X Fishfinder with 83/200 Transducer

Lowrance Elite-3X Fishfinder with 83/200 Transducer

Detection Range

This affordable Lowrance fishfinder boasts a dual-band sensor (83 kHz and 200 kHz) which has the power of 180 Watts. The maximal depth it can reach is quite good for a low-priced device - 240 m (800 ft). A cutting-edge Lowrance broadband sounder allows the fishermen to find fish and 'see' the bottom surface, as well as depth.

Data Mapping

Lowrance fishfinder has a relatively small 3.5-inch screen with a good graphics. Also, it shows the silhouette of the fish and even counts them for your convenience. Even more - it measures the speed of the water current. There's also a zoom option which makes this small fishfinder simple for in use for everybody.

Usability

This fish finder is for boat fishing mainly though you can also use it for angling. Just all other devices, this one works in salt water and in fresh water. It is compact and easily mountable. The fish finder is totally waterproof so it is very durable against salt water (which impacts all metal parts of any device).


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Lowrance Elite 3x Fishfinder On The Water
Lowrance Elite-3X Fishfinder with 83/200 Transducer
Lowrance Elite-3X Fishfinder with 83/200 Transducer
 
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1. Tom Burden, Selecting a Fishfinder, West Marine.

2. How to Choose an Electronic Fishfinder, The GPS Store.

3. How to Choose a Fish Finder, Trails.

4. Chris Woodward, Portable and Castable Fish Finders, SPORT FISHING. January 23, 2015.

5. Lenny Rudow, Sonar Smack-Down: Traditional Fishfinder vs. Down-looking Scanner-Imager vs. CHIRP, Boats. September 20, 2013.

6. How to Choose A Fish FinderCanadian Tire.

7. Choosing a Transducer, Raymarine.

8. How to Use a Fish Finder, wikiHow.