What do Sport and Commercial fisherman have in common, they rely on fish finders to help locate fish, and these locators need to be reliable, easy to use, and have accurate GPS. Now most of us fishermen are out fishing because we love the sport, but that does not mean we should not take advantage of the same technology to aid us in locating fish.
So, with so many fish finders on the market what is the right one for the body of water we fish (Rivers, Small Inland Lakes, Large Inland Lakes, Great Lakes, or the Ocean)?
I have fished all these bodies of water and I know how important it is to select the right Fish Finder for specific fishing conditions. Here I have listed the Top 8 Fish Finders on the Market for Rivers, Small lakes, Large lakes, the Great lakes, and the Ocean. I did not rank these fish finders in any order, but instead focused on what is best for the above mentioned bodies of water (Fresh and Salt).
Features To Look For
Easy To Use: We do not want to spend hours reading manuals and playing with buttons or the touchscreen
Display/ Image Clarity: Needs to be clear with easy interpretation of structure, contour, bottom, and fish
Sonar Technology: Must have good DownScan, SideScan, and Crystal Clear Images for fish, structures, and contour
GPS Capability: Needs to be accurate and provide markers/tracking capability
Price: Needs to be best price for the level of technology (features, functionality, sonar, clarity, ease of use, etc..)
*Note, The term CHIRP stands for Compressed High-Intensity Radar Pulse and is a frequency-modulated sound (sonar) pulse. Instead of transmitting a distinct pulse beneath the boat, CHIRP Technology modifies the pulse so that a range of frequencies are transmitted by the transducer.