Best Portable Fish Finders of May 2017: Reviews & Buyers Guide

As a honey hole fisher, I am absolutely hooked on using a portable fish finder. I am primarily a kayak fisherman in the summer, and an ice fisherman in the winter. No matter what season, it’s saved my day and provided some very quality fishing.

They’re helpful because they make almost everyday a great day for a lazy guy like me. They’re also very helpful if you are someone who takes a group out, you won’t be driving around trying to find fish based off bites, but instead letting the finder doing it’s sonar checks. The convenience factor multiplied by the enjoyment factor makes these highly desirable.


Why Buy A Portable Fish Finder?

The first thing to keep in mind is that it depends on the position you are in. Some questions that may help with your individual reason include: do you own a kayak or boat? What is your budget? What size screen are you looking for? What kind of fishing conditions do you intend to fish in?

Once you answer those questions, you’ll have a better individual understanding of why you need one.

  • They’re more affordable vs a mounted fish finder
  • Provide flexbility that a mounted fish finder cannot
  • Highly flexible transducer
  • Much easier to use vs other types of fish finders

Top 5 Portable Fish Finders

What To Look For When Buying?

Price – Know your budget. Fish finders and electronics in general can become expensive quick. I suggest you set a budget before you go on your shopping spree, just so you know what price range to scope your shopping to.

Depth – This is in reference to the water depth that the portable fish finder will identify fish at. Do you intend to be using this in 15 feet of water generally, 30 feet, 100 feet? This is important because it also can play a factor in the dimensional size of the unit. In some cases a larger depth meter will be larger in size. Keep in mind that depth noted is generally the max depth the finder will go.

Beam Type – This is in reference to the beam type used to identify the fish. Generally you will either encounter a dual or a single beam type on your finders. We prefer dual beam type if possible.

Power Type – Does the finder require batteries or is it solar operated? Does it need to be charged before usage? The power type is used to determine what source of power is needed, how long the finder will last,  and how often you may need to replace the power type.

Display This is in reference to the type of display, where it is displayed, and the size of the display. Did you know that some portable fish finder reviews state that displays are actually used on iPhones and smart watches? Pretty neat!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use these as a kayak fish finder?
Absolutely! In fact, you will find that many recommended kayak fish finders are also very popular portable list options. Kayak fisherman need something they can attach and remove after their kayak session, and the finite space on a kayak requires something that cannot take up a ton of room, thus they’re the perfect match!

Should the fish finder be water proof or water resistant? What's the difference?
Waterproof all the way. Water resistant is nice, but if you ever get in a situation where the unit is soaked, you want it to last or at least have a defective product warranty which covers it.
What are some good ice fishing fish finders?
Any of our recommended list will work as a fish finder for ice fishing, however my absolute favorite is XXX.


Russ Kannigan

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