The best depth finders can not only help you find where the fish are but can also tell you how far down under the surface you need to go to get them. We sacrificed our time and spent a lot of time fishing to research some of the best brands and top selling fishing depths finders. The result? Our fish depth finder reviews. Before we get started, let’s look at some key features to know before you start shopping.
Display Size: The screen size varies with these tools. Some are so small that you can even wear them around your neck. Others will have to be mounted. Generally, the larger the screen, the easier you can see it.
Max Depth: These max depths on these machines range from 200 to 1500 feet. Where you fish determines what you need. If you keep to lakes or rivers, you don’t need that same max depth as someone who’s ocean fishing.
Transmit Power: This is the strength of the “ping” and it’s measured in RMS. So, what does that mean? The higher the power, the stronger the signal is that’s sent into the water to figure out depth and find fish.
Alarms: Alarms aren’t necessary but they do make your fish and depth finder more useful. You don’t have to stare at the screen, just wait for the right alarm and you’ll be alerted to what’s going on.
Color Display: You can certainly have a great fishing trip without one, but a color display makes it so much easier to determine what’s actually happening on the screen. You can distinguish between different things more easily when they’re in color.
Warranty: Think about it: these items are going to be used outside, in the sun, in bad weather at times, around water. A good warranty is important because, to put it bluntly, there’s a lot that can go wrong.
All right, we’ve covered some of the most important things you need to know about fishing and depth finders. That means it’s time to dive into our reviews. If you’re running short on time, the best place to start is with our top and budgets picks, the first 2 items on our list. Stick around if you can, the products that round out our top 10 are all pretty great. All right, let’s get right to it!