If you fish a lot of shallow water, you know it can be a struggle to get a fish finder that reads out far enough to be worth anything. Not all fish finders are created equal, and if you choose the correct one, it can make shallow water fishing a whole lot easier. Here we will discuss three of the best options on the market today for shallow water at different price points.
Humminbird Helix 5 with Side Imaging and GPS Fish Finder*** Click here for more info ***
The most expensive in our test, the Humminbird Helix 5 SI and GPS fish finder is definitely the top dog here as well. This fish finder was practically built for shallow water fisherman, with side imaging to show you images in a cone 85° away from your boat to each side, at 455 kHz to give you a clear picture as well! This gives you so much range when you are scouting for bait schools or structure it’s ridiculous! This side imaging is good to depths of 100 feet, while if you just use the standard sonar you can reach down to 1,500 feet. With the standard sonar, you have the options of using either 83 kHz for deep water or 200 kHz for better images in shallower water. The screen size on this fish finder is 5″ diagonally.
The GPS this comes with is preloaded with Humminbird’s UniMaps system, but you also have the option of using Navionics with it if you purchase it separately. If you have a microSD card, you can also save waypoints or maps from this fish finder as well so you can visit the same spot next time.
All in all, this fish finder has the capabilities that many more expensive fish finders have at a great price. The side imaging will open the water up for you in shallow water, and I would bet that you will notice an increase in your catch when you learn to use it effectively.
RayMarine Dragonfly 4 Pro Fish Finder*** Click here for more info ***
The Raymarine Dragonfly 4 Pro is the cheapest of all these options, but it certainly doesn’t give up quality. With a beautiful sharp color display that is optically bonded, this screen should never fog up or allow moisture inside. The screen measures 4.3″ diagonally. This fish finder reads in three frequencies: 50, 83, and 200, with 200 being the most sensitive for the shallow water fishing you are doing. This is what produces their down imaging pictures, which is the clear picture of the bottom you can see in the picture above. The 200 kHz also reads at a 60° cone, which will show you some serious bottom structure while giving you some outstanding pictures. The depth only goes to 600 feet, which shouldn’t be a problem if you are fishing shallow water only.
This fish finder comes stock with a GPS system equipped with C-Map Essentials, but it can be upgraded to several different types of maps. You can insert a memory card in order to save your route or waypoints to come back and fish them later.
The Raymarine 4 Pro also has another great feature – live wi-fi streaming of the fish finder so your buddies or you can watch it on your phone from anywhere on the boat. No more clustering around the fish finder!
For the price, this is another great fish finder for fishing shallow water.
All three fish finders discussed above will put you on the fish in shallow water while giving you the option of fishing deeper if necessary. Pick your budget and spend accordingly! Good luck and good fishing!