Sonar fishing units to find fish fast

Take the guesswork out of your time on the water.

fishing in the water
Know where to fish.James Wheeler via Unsplash

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.

Humminbird Helix 5
Powerful CHIRP sonar in a value-focused package.Amazon

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.

Garmin Striker 4cv
Full-featured sonar and GPS in a compact package.Amazon

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.

Lowrance HOOK2 7
Pro-level features in a value-priced unit.Amazon

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.

ReelSonar Wireless Bluetooth Smart Fish Finder
Ultra-portable sonar for anglers on the go.Amazon

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.