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Advances in sonar have made fishfinders more accurate and affordable than ever. These units will help you make the most of your time on the water and boast easy-to-use features that will fishing like a professional in no time.

Crystal Clarity

This is designed to give you a clear view whether you’re in a freshwater lake, on the coast, or in icy waters. Amazon

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Featuring ultra-clear CHIRP sonar, the Helix 5 delivers crisp bottom images. It includes an internal GPS chart plotter with built-in Anima cartography to help you learn new lakes in a hurry. The 5-inch WVGA display is bright and sharp.

Compact Device

It’s small enough to fit in a pocket. Amazon

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Kayak anglers, take note. The Striker 4cv packs all the key features you’d expect in a quality sonar unit. There’s CHIRP sonar as well as CHIRP ClearVu scanning for incredible underwater imagery. The built-in GPS allows you to create routes and waypoints and monitor your boat’s speed. The 4.3-inch screen is sunlight readable and the rugged design is built for rough use.

Lake Finder

It offers pro-level features in a value-priced unit. Amazon

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With CHIRP sonar and downscan, this powerful sonar unit can cover any type of fishing you’d want to do. The built-in GPS system includes NAVIONICS maps of more than 9,000 lakes in the U.S. and Canada. The single transducer can be set up on the transom, thru-hull, or on a trolling motor.

Take It Anywhere

It’s ultra-portable for anglers on the go. Amazon

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If your fishing adventures take place on the bank, in a kayak, or on the go, this castable sonar unit is worth a look. The sonar unit features a rechargeable battery with 10 hours of battery life and delivers depth readings up to 135 feet. The sonar communicates to your mobile device via Bluetooth and a free app is available for iOS or Android units.

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