Choosing a fish finder

I’d like to buy a fish finder. Can you tell me what I should consider when deciding which one I want?

Fish finders are becoming much more  popular, due in part to  the fact that the price has come down so much over the past couple of years. Don’t get me  wrong, you can still pay a lot of money, but you get more bang for your buck.

One thing you might look for is a color screen. A color screen is much easier on the eyes when you are out on the water all day.

Another handy feature you might want to look for is water temperature. Some fish species tend to be more active in spots where the water temperature is cooler.

The best models out there right now have built in GPS. Rather than having to rely on visual landmarks and estimate where you are (if landmarks are even available), the Global Positioning feature will show you precisely where you are at any given minute.

Why is this handy? Well, for one thing, when you buy a good chart it will indicate depths which give you an idea of where the underwater structures are. And we know one thing: that is where fish hang out.

GPS is also handy because you can go back to your favorite honeyholes quickly, rain or shine, night or day.

You will want to know the maximum depth of water you will be fishing and purchace a model that is rated for that depth or a bit deeper, just to be on the safe side.

Consider the layout of your boat. Where do you plan to mount it? Make sure that the model you choose fits the space. One last thing – be sure that the transponder is included. If it is not, you will have an addition expense to budget for.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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