The Best Fish Finders for Kayaks

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Kayak fishing requires specialized equipment because of the limited space inside the kayak. Finding room for a fish finder -- a sonar device used to locate fish -- can increase your success on the water. Fish finders come with different features and in a variety of styles and sizes. The best fish finders for kayaks, however, are lightweight, easy to mount, waterproof and durable.

Humminbird 405SX

The Humminbird 405SX has a powerful single-beam transducer and easy-to-read liquid crystal display, according to the Kayak Sportfishing website. The single-beam transducer can produce a display in up to 600 feet of water while the mount is easy to install. After installation, you can quickly remove the fish finder or adjust the tilt based on your position. The 405SX is waterproof, giving you peace of mind during wet conditions. Other features on the 405SX include speed control, sensitivity controls, a depth alarm and a fish alarm.

Garmin Fishfinder 160C

The full-featured Garmin Fishfinder 160C is ideal for serious anglers, according to the GPS Review website. With a rugged, waterproof and lightweight design, the 160C can withstand the harshest fishing conditions. Cables can be easily stored under the hatch cover, and the mount can be installed by drilling a few holes. The 160C provides excellent coverage, including off to the side, with the dual-beam transducer. You can read the display in sunny conditions on the 4.5-inch screen.

Eagle Cuda 168

The Cuda 168 provides excellent performance for a low price, according to Bass Pro Shops. The high-speed 200-kHz transducer provides a 60-degree detection area with a built-in temperature sensor. The Cuda's high-resolution display allows you to easily read the screen while fishing or controlling the kayak. The Cuda 168 is fully sealed and waterproof in case you get water in the boat. Other features include Fish I.D., fish alarms, zoom features, memory, back-lighting and a one-year warranty.

NorCross HawkEye F33P

According to Galt Tech, the NorCross HawkEye F33P has numerous features for a low price, making it the best portable fish finder. The compact design makes it easy to store in the kayak while the rugged construction protects the electronics during harsh fishing conditions. To use the fish finder, you simply toss the transducer from the kayak to get instant depth readings, fish displays and bottom locators. Once you obtain readings, you can make quick and easy adjustments with the easy-touch programming.

PiranhaMax 176i Portable Fishfinder/Chartplotter

With a 4-inch screen that delivers clear displays, the PiranhaMax 176i Portable Fishfinder/Chartplotter is rated as one of the best on the market for kayaks. It has a built-in GPS and is easy to install. This product is suggested for the first-time kayak fisherman. With sonar resonating at 200/455 kHz, you'll hear echoes down to 100 feet below water.


About the Author

Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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