Don’t waste time fishing a dry spot. Get a fish finder!


A good old-fashioned fishing trip is great and all, but sometimes it gets old after you’ve gone a few hours with no bites. Take the guesswork out of fishing and use fish finding technology to improve your chances of a guaranteed catch. The top-notch fish finders on this list will help you track down the best fishing hole every time.

Deeper Chirp Smart SonarDeeper Chirp Smart Sonar

Best for saltwater:
Deeper Chirp Smart Sonar

Staff Pick

Deeper is a trusted name in the fishing industry, perhaps because its sonar tracking really does go deeper! This castable fish finder scans down to 330 ft and 330 ft in every direction. The information it collects is transmitted straight to your smartphone, even if you don’t have signal. It’s one of few castable fish finders that works just as well in saltwater.

$299 at Amazon

Lowrance Fishhunter ProLowrance Fishhunter Pro

Best social fishing:
Lowrance FishHunter PRO

Although it doesn’t provide quite as much range, the Lowrance FishHunter is another castable fish finder that works directly with smartphones, with or without cell signal. The cool thing about a Lowrance FishHunter is the social app that comes with it. Follow your fisher friends and livestream your best catches all over the world for free!

$149 at Amazon

Humminbird PiranhamaxHumminbird Piranhamax

Bang for buck:
Humminbird PIRANHAMAX 4

Although it’s not the cheapest on this list, this little Humminbird PiranhaMax brings a great value with a powerful 320ft sonar and a great price point compared to competitors. The simple interface is very easy to use, so you’ll be discovering the best fishing hole in no time.

$104 at Amazon

Humminbird Ice HelixHumminbird Ice Helix

Best for ice fishing:
Humminbird ICE Helix 5

A step up from the PiranhaMax, this Humminbird ICE Helix is formulated especially for ice fishing. For one, it operates perfectly in temperatures as cold as -20ºF, and the multi-dimensional display reveals depth, lakebed, fish location, as well as the location of your lure. The GPS feature allows you to mark the best spots for your next fishing trip.

$428 at Amazon

Hawkeye Fishtrax 1cHawkeye Fishtrax 1c

Most versatility:
HawkEye Fishtrax 1C

If you like to fish in all types of weather and terrain, this is the fish finder for you. The sonar sensor is both mountable and floatable, so you can use it handheld, mount it on a boat, or throw it right in the water for fish finding portability anywhere. It also works both in warm weather and freezing temperatures, so you can use it for ice fishing, as well.

$132 at Amazon

Here Fishy Fishy!

Ready to catch the big one? There’s a fish finder on this list for just about any fishing style or budget. Our pick is the Deeper Chirp Smart Sonar because it has great range and works in both saltwater and freshwater. The fact that it’s castable also greatly increases its utility and range.

If you’re looking for the whole shebang, check out the Lowrance HOOK2 7, which comes with a 7-inch screen, triple-beam sonar, GPS, and over 4,000 lake maps already loaded up and ready to go.

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