When looking for a trolling motor many factors come into play, Size of your Boat, Freshwater, Saltwater, Bow-mount, Transom-mount, Auto pilot, Down Imaging, Side Imaging, and 12V or 24V. For this review we focused our research on Bow-Mount Trolling Motors.
Here are the Top 6 Bow-Mount Trolling Motors for 2021. These trolling motors are the best in their perspective classifications, price vs options offered.
Aquos Black Haswing
12V 55LBS 54″ Shaft Bow Mount Electric Trolling Motor Portable, Variable Speed for Bass Fishing Boats Freshwater and Saltwater Use, Energy Saving, Precise Control, Quiet Operation
Haswing 12V 55LBS 54″ Shaft Bow Mount Trolling Motor is designed and engineered to run quieter than ever before. With its variable speed cruise control you can set your desired speed while the improved control allows for smoother adjustments.
The Aquos Black Haswing has an ergonomic lift handle for carrying and its depth collar locks in depths quickly, with ease and will keep your motor right where you want it. The stow and deploy lever can be depressed with a single hand or foot and makes transitioning between the water and boat quick and effortlessly.
This Bow Mount Trolling Motor comes standard with a sacrificial anode, encapsulated electronics, and a wireless hand control which allows you to control your trolling motor/boat from as far as 164 feet away. The controller is compact and fits into the palm of your hand (optional wired foot control pedal). I recommend purchasing the optional quick release plate (footprint of 4.7” x 9”), making it easy and quick to remove or install your trolling motor for transportation.
MotorGuide X3 Bow Mount Foot-Control 940200050, 36-Inch
The MotorGuide X Series Bow-Mount Trolling Motor is built with robust components for quiet, reliable operation. The foot-controller with heel/toe design and directional indicator provides agile turns and improved boat control. The Patented Variable Ratio Steering (VRS – Gps) lets you accurately position your boat even in wind, rough water, and other challenging conditions.
This trolling motor is Ultra quiet on the water and built with Rigid aircraft grade aluminum mount and stainless steel bushings for durability and performance.
The Xi3 has wireless remote control that lets you operate the motor from anywhere on the boat. It has an easy-to-read LED dashboard that lets you quickly check the status of four key functions. The efficient motor provides best-in-class quiet operation (up to 40% quieter) and the SecureStep system lets you stow and deploy the motor safely and easily by stepping on the release lever.
High-tech options: sonar, advanced precision Pinpoint GPS, and onscreen control displays from brands like Lowrance, Simrad and Mercury VesselView.
80 54″ Shaft Length 80 lbs Thrust 24V Trolling Motor with i-Pilot
The Riptide Terrova 80 has a lift assist design, which raises the motor by barely lifting a finger. It also comes with a push to test Battery meter, and a weedless wedge 2 Prop.
With features like reliability, durability, well constructed, one-hand stow and deploy with Lift-Assist, Co-Pilot remote, high accuracy GPS, Corrosion Protection, Weedless Wedge 2 prop, i-Pilot, and a two year warranty, it’s no wonder why the Terrova 80 is the best Saltwater trolling motor on the market. But why just Salt water, this unit is great for Freshwater as well.
Freshwater Bow-Mount Motor with Universal Sonar 2 and i-Pilot Link GPS (24-Volt, 80-Pound)
The Ultrex has Minn Kota’s most responsive, intuitive steering with its GPS-powered automatic boat control. Its Autopilot automatically navigates your boat in any direction and Spot-Lock with Jog to hold your location.
Ultrex trolling motor is designed for all day comfort and precise control with its next-generation power steering multi-function foot pedal, heading sensor, and the i-Pilot Link GPS system. The i-Pilot Link system allows you to control your motor from the touchscreen remote or from a virtual remote on your Hummingbird fish finder (sold separately).
With the Optimal Sonar performance (Mega down & Side imaging) you can locate the fish and the features of the GPS system can lock you on their location, record and retrace paths, set command speed and steering, and much more.
Freshwater Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with MEGA Down Imaging and i-Pilot Link GPS (24-Volt, 80-Pound)
The Minn Kota Ulterra is designed for all kinds of freshwater boats, this bow-mounted trolling motor will pull your boat through the water with incredible maneuverability and control. This unit can automatically Trim and Stow and Deploy itself with the push of a button. The i-Pilot Link remote, heading sensor, multi-function foot pedal or Hummingbird fish finder (sold separately) provides all day comfort with ease and convenient control.
The Ulterra has Minn Kota’s most responsive, intuitive steering with its GPS-powered automatic boat control. This unit can lock onto fishing spots (Spot-Lock) and record paths, and command speed. The built-in transducer with Hummingbird MEGA Down Imaging (DI), provides crystal-clear coverage down to 125 feet.
The Ulterra trolling motor combines an indestructible composite shaft with the swept-back flared blades of the Weedless Wedge 2 Prop, to power through anything.