5 Best Fish Finders

Buying a new fish finder can be a big investment and one that you can't afford to get wrong. Whether you are new to fish finders or just simply looking to upgrade your old one, the technology has come a long way in the last few years, and there are a lot of options to consider when trying to find the one that's right for you. At first glance, they can be very overwhelming, but with a little research and some help from us, you will be catching more fish in no time. There are two main parts to a fish finder, the head unit or display, and the transducer. The head unit takes the information from the transducer and displays it on the screen. Head units come in various display sizes and resolutions. Having a unit with a high-resolution display allows you to see even the smallest details. The transducer is what sends and receives the sonar waves. High-frequency transducers can provide more details but are recommended for shallower water. Whereas lower frequency transducers are better in deep water, showing fewer details, but will penetrate to greater depths. Shown below is a list of the 5 best fish finders for sale at MidwayUSA.
1

Humminbird Helix CHIRP MEGA DI+ GPS G4N CHO Fish Finder

The Humminbird HELIX CHIRP MEGA DI+ GPS G4N CHO Fish Finder features MEGA Down Imaging+, Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar and internal GPS with Humminbird Basemap. All HELIX G4N models includes standard features such as AutoChart Live, Wi-Fi and NMEA 2000, in addition to Bluetooth and Ethernet networking for compatibility with the One-Boat Network family of products from Humminbird, Minn Kota and Cannon. This CHO (Control Head Only) model allows you to pick the right accessory transducer for your needs, including compatibility with Minn Kota Built-in MEGA Imaging trolling motors. Includes control head, power cable, gimbal mounting bracket. This CHO model does not include a transducer, allowing you to pick the best fit for your rigging needs.

Features

  • Keypad control
  • MEGA Down Imaging+
  • Dual Spectrum CHIRP sonar
  • Internal GPS and Humminbird Basemap
  • Premium Chart Compatible
  • AutoChart Live
  • One-Boat Network Compatible
  • Ethernet Networking
  • Bluetooth
  • NMEA 2000 networking built-in

Note: These model does not include a transducer.

 

About Humminbird

Revealing the water’s secrets to help anglers pursue their passion for the sport: it’s what we’ve done since the first fish finder we developed as Techsonic Industries in 1971, and it’s what we’ll always do. From flashers to LCDs, analog to digital and DualBeam sonar to MEGA Imaging+™, the past five decades have seen tremendous change at Humminbird. Starting with best-in-class sonar and depth finders, our innovations have grown to include marine GPS, LakeMaster® mapping, radar and full boat control integration.

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2

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra BlueChart G3 LakeVu G3 Fish Finder Head Unit Only

The Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra BlueChart G3 LakeVu G3 Fish Finder Head Unit Only will help you take your fishing to the next level. It has a bright sunlight-readable touchscreen display. Preloaded BlueChart and LakeVu G3 maps allow for instant navigation on any costal or inland water. You can even create your own maps or tailor to your needs with Quickdraw. Garmin also thought to ensure your investment is kept safe when off the water. You don’t have to mess with plugging and unplugging wires from the unit. All the cords plug directly into the quick-disconnect bail mount. This allows you to quickly install and remove your ECHOMAP Ultra from power and the mount.

Features

  • Equipped with Premium Sonar Capabilities
  • Keyed-assist touchscreen
  • Support for the full line of Panoptix sonars
  • Support for LiveScope scanning sonar system, including Panoptix LiveScope LVS12 sonar
  • Preloaded BlueChart g3 coastal charts and LakeVu g3 inland maps
  • Charts have integrated Navionics data and Auto Guidance1 technology
  • Share sonar, waypoints and routes with other ECHOMAP Ultra and Plus units
  • Quickdraw Contours instantly creates personalized maps on-screen with 1’ contours as you fish
  • NMEA 2000 connectivity
  • FUSION-Link support
  • Built in Wi-Fi provides access to the ActiveCaptain app
  • 106sv: 10"
  • 126sv: 12"

Transducer not Included, Head Unit Only

 

In the Box

  • ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv or 106sv with BlueChart g3 and LakeVu g3 for US
  • Power/data cable
  • Tilt mount with quick release cradle
  • 8-pin transducer to 12-pin sounder adapter cable
  • Flush mount
  • Protective cover
  • Hardware
  • Documentation

About Garmin

Garmin makes products that are engineered on the inside for life on the outside. They do this so their customers can make the most of the time they spend pursuing their passions. Since 1989, Garmin has been bringing GPS navigation and wearable technology to the automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets. Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

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3

Lowrance Elite FS 9 Fish Finder Control Head and Active Target Bundle

The Lowrance Elite FS 9 Fish Finder Control Head and Active Target Bundle combines the power of Lowrance's proven and newest fishfinding tools with a more affordable display that's easier to use and install. From ActiveTarget live sonar and extreme high-resolution Active Imaging with Lowrance CHIRP sonar, SideScan and DownScan Imaging to preloaded C-MAP Contour+ Fishing Maps, Elite FS gives you all the tools you need to find and catch more fish.

Features

  • ActiveTarget Live Sonar (included)
  • Active Imaging 3-in-1 ready (not included)
  • FishReveal
  • Preloaded C-MAP Contour+ with 1-foot contours on 8,900 lakes, plus mapping options including C-MAP, Navionics and more
  • C-MAP Easy Routing, Navionics Autorouting capability
  • C-MAP Genesis Live onscreen mapping
  • High-resolution multi-touch touchscreen
  • Integrated wireless, NMEA 2000 and Ethernet connectivity
  • Full touchscreen control of Power Pole anchors and Ghost Trolling Motor

 In the Box

  • Elite FS 9
  • Active Target Live Sonar
  • No Transducer
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4

Garmin STRIKER Vivid cv CHIRP Worldwide Base Map Fish Finder

See fish and structure in colorful detail with the Garmin STRIKER Vivid cv CHIRP Worldwide Base Map Fish Finder. This easy-to-use device now features high-contrast color palettes to make it easier to see what’s beneath the surface. It includes a transducer for best-in-class Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar plus tilt/swivel mount. Built-in, high sensitivity GPS lets you mark hot spots, build maps with 1’ contours and view your boat’s speed.

Features

  • Easy-to-use color fishfinder with new vivid scanning sonar color palettes to easily distinguish fish and structure; tilt/swivel bailmount bracket included
  • Includes a GT20 transducer for built-in Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar
  • High-sensitivity GPS to mark waypoints, create routes and view your boat’s speed
  • Includes built-in Quickdraw Contours mapping
  • Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to connect to the ActiveCaptain app1 to transfer waypoints, receive smart notifications (including software update notifications) and access the Garmin Quickdraw Community

Package Includes

  • GT20-TM transducer
  • Power/data cable
  • Tilt/swivel mount
  • Hardware
  • Documentation

 

 

About Garmin

Garmin makes products that are engineered on the inside for life on the outside. They do this so their customers can make the most of the time they spend pursuing their passions. Since 1989, Garmin has been bringing GPS navigation and wearable technology to the automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets. Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

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Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 63cv Ice Bundle Fish Finder

The portable Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 63cv Ice Bundle Fish Finder is made for ice or open water so you can enjoy year-round fishing. Its high wide CHIRP ice fishing transducer provides crisp, clear fish targets with excellent target separation, and a built-in flasher provides a view of jigs and fish as they swim into the beam. The unit features a keyed interface and is preloaded with LakeVü g3 mapping for exceptional detail on more than 18,000 lakes.

Features

  • Bright, sunlight-readable 6” display with keyed interface
  • GT8HW-IF ice fishing transducer features Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar with selectable high wide beam angle (16 to 24 degrees)
  • Built-in flasher provides precise jig and fish detection
  • Preloaded LakeVü g3 maps provide exceptional detail on more than 18,000 U.S. lakes
  • Custom combination pages combine sonar, flasher and map
  • Supports ClearVü scanning sonar for nearly photographic images of what’s below the boat (transducer sold separately)

 In the Box

  • ECHOMAP UHD 63cv chartplotter
  • GT8HW-IF transducer
  • Power cable
  • Tilt/swivel mount
  • Documentation
  • Portable fishing kit
    • Bag with handle
    • Foam float
    • Rechargeable battery
    • Battery charger

About Garmin

Garmin makes products that are engineered on the inside for life on the outside. They do this so their customers can make the most of the time they spend pursuing their passions. Since 1989, Garmin has been bringing GPS navigation and wearable technology to the automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets. Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

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