Top 10 Best Rated Fish Finders 2019

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The advancement of technology means that we now rely on it even in our day-to-day tasks. Technology has streamlined our way of life and rendered even the most difficult tasks easier than they ever were.

For the average fisherman, finding schools of fish in the ocean is the most difficult part of his job. Fishfinders are gaining increasing popularity as the best friend of fishermen the world over.

Excellent fish finders can operate at peak efficiency in lakes, oceans, and small rivers. Because of the different water sources and types of fishing, finding a good fish finder is a stressful thing.

Most fish finders work on Sound Navigation and Ranging (SONAR) technology and ensure you make catches on even leisure strolls.

Our review considers range, price, efficiency, signal potency, ease-of-use, and more in bringing you the best fish finders on the market.

Best Fish Finders 2019

1. Raymarine Dragonfly Pro CHIRP Fish Finder

Raymarine is completely sealed for any weather. It is a highly durable, high-performance fish-finder with an optically bonded screen.

Dragonfly Pro has three screen size models with dual-channel sonars that can generate bathymetric charts.

Specs

  • 4-, 5-, 7-inch screen
  • Preloaded maps
  • 8 x 13.8 x 13.8-inch
  • 20-pounds in weight
  • CHIRP DownVision (600-feet performance)
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi

Pros

  • Has powerful sonar
  • Easy to mount
  • Can sync with your phone
  • Excellent depth performance
  • Ridiculous detail and contrast

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive $299

2. Lowrance Hook 2-5 Fish Finder GPS Combo

Lowrance Hook has a fantastic resolution that shows a clear image both during daytime and at night. With brilliant navigational ease and a SplitShot feature that pairs DownScan Imaging technology with Sonar, it is a killer.

Specs

  • 5-inch display (colour)
  • GPS chart plotter (100 routes and 3000 waypoints)
  • DownScan and Chirp Beam
  • 3-pounds in weight
  • Fixed

Pros

  • Brilliant display
  • The keypad is backlit
  • The clarity is ridiculous
  • Comes with GPS
  • Stylish
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Not portable
  • Pricy

3. Lowrance HOOK2 Fish Finder

Lowrance is a fantastic choice for experts and beginners alike. Not only is it easy to use, but it is also cheap. It is very user-friendly with an auto-tuning sonar that saves you time.

While it doesn’t have a wireless connection, it comes with a MicroSD slot for upgrading maps and storing charts. It is relatively large but can be easily mounted onto your boat.

Specs

  • eight-pounds in weight
  • Built-in maps
  • MicroSD slot
  • Transducer
  • 1 x 8.9-inch
  • Fixed

Pros

  • Brilliant for both beginners and professionals
  • Affordable
  • Easy-to-use
  • Includes GPS
  • The sonar auto-tunes

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Lacks portability

4. Garmin Echomap CHIRP

Garmin Echomap is accurate enough to give you detailed maps of artificial reefs. The LCD has an impressive display quality and the sonar itself is high-frequency.

Specs

  • 3-pounds in weight
  • Preloaded BlueChart
  • 8 x 7.5 x 5.4-inches
  • Transducer
  • 5-inch LCD (coloured)
  • Internal 5Hz GPS

Pros

  • Excellent customer service
  • High-frequency sonar
  • Detailed display
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No DownScan Imaging
  • Not a popular model
  • Expensive

5. Humminbird Helix 7

Helix 7 is the beginner’s choice. They optimize it for daytime use and can show a single view or multiple panes of information.

Humminbird was one of the first to make commercial sonar market and have the popularity you can expect from such. It uses a 2D sonar with SwitchFire technology, a 7-inch coloured display, and is relatively cheap.

Specs

  • 7-inch 256 colour display
  • CHIRP, DownScan Imaging, DualBeam sonar
  • 4000 PTP output
  • GPS plotting
  • MicroSD slot
  • Auto-chart
  • 1500-feet max depth
  • 1-pounds in weight
  • 1 x 10.5 x 5.8-inches

Pros

  • Can make detailed charts
  • Best at finding fish
  • Unique display
  • Easy to use
  • Precision GPS
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • They do not detail manual enough
  • Sonar views could be better

6. Humminbird Helix 5 G2

While Humminbird models are expensive, there are no better top-selling fish finders than them when examining the quality. Unlike budget models, Helix 5 comes with a 5-inch WVGA HD display.

There is a MicroSD slot through which you can load extra maps and a DualBeam CHIRP PLUS sonar for impressive details

Specs

  • 5-inch HD screen
  • DownScan Imaging and DualBeam
  • CHIRP Digital
  • Internal GPS
  • Preloaded maps
  • Keypad controls
  • 500W output

Pros

  • Excellent details
  • Wide range
  • Has selective fish ID+
  • Sonar is real-time
  • Sensitive

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Screen is small
  • Few modes

7. Humminbird Helix 9 Sonar

Almost all Humminbird fish finders are expensive, and Helix 9 is no different. It comes fully loaded with all the features you could ever wish for in a fish finder.

The best way to know how good this model is is the knowledge that it costs over $2000 on average.

Specs

  • Internal GPS
  • 6-ounces in weight
  • 9-inch size
  • 65000 colours
  • 1000W output
  • GPS
  • Optional HD radar

Pros

  • Brilliant performance
  • Ridiculous detail
  • Easy installation and use
  • Excellent at making charts

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive

8. Garmin Striker Plus 4

Unlike most of the above models, Garmin Plus 4 is portable. It is ideal for beginners that want into the fishing business and especially for kayaks and boats.

Plus 4 is small with only a 4.3-inch display but with many screen modes.

Specs

  • DualBeam Transducer
  • 3-inch display
  • Built-in GPS
  • Quickdraw Contour map technology
  • Sunlight-readable
  • 2-ounces in weight
  • 9 x 1.8 x 6.9-inches

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Accurate GPS
  • Quality imagine with an OK display quality
  • Includes temperature sensors
  • Impressive depth capacity
  • Can be used offshore
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Bad customer service
  • Small

9. Lowrance FishHunter Pro

FishHunter Pro is the fastest Tri-frequency fish finder available on the market. It features a powerful 150-feet range Wi-Fi that makes finding fishes a breeze.

Specs

  • 160-feet depth range and 200-feet Wi-Fi range
  • Five sonar elements
  • 39-pounds in weight
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • one size

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Wi-fi requires no cellular network
  • Fast connection
  • Incredible depth for sonar
  • Tri-frequency scanning
  • Intuitive use

Cons

  • Wi-Fi connection is spotty
  • Few scanning options
  • No DualBeam or DownScan Imaging

10. ECHOMAP Plus 73cv

73cv is another Garmin Echomap model with additional features not in the earlier model.

Specs

  • 7-inch display
  • Touchscreen and keyed-assist combo
  • CHIRP and transducer
  • Preloaded maps and Wi-Fi
  • Water-resistant
  • Split-screen capable
  • 8-pounds in weight

Pros

  • Crisp images
  • An array of features available
  • Lightweight
  • Real-time mapping
  • Wi-fi-enabled
  • Integrated Navionics

Cons

  • Limited offshore use
  • No SideVu imaging capacity

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