Best Cheap Fish Finder Review


These cheap fish finders should help you catch more fish!

We understand that not everybody is willing to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars (maybe even thousands of dollars if you are looking at some 3D options) for a fish finder. So we wanted to do a quick review on some of the best cheap fish finder options out there.

The cheaper models are going to give up some of the fantastic features that more expensive models give you, but for people who don’t need all the bells and whistles, and just want a solid fish finder, these are some really good options.

If you don’t need GPS monitoring, 3D maps, offline map modes, and all of those extras – this list of affordable fish finders should help you pick a nice option that is geared towards finding fish swimming under your boat!

Humminbird PiranhaMax 197C Color Fish Finder

Humminbird PiranhaMax 197CIf you are looking for cheap but effective fish finders to mount to your boat, this has to be towards the top of the list. Humminbird is known for making great fish finders, and you can normally purchase this one for around $100.

The transducer is included (as well as a mounting bracket, hardware, and a user’s manual) and you will need to mount it to the transom of your vessel. This unit can be mounted to kayaks as well.

The screen itself is 3.5 inches in size and is in color. The screen will show basic bottom readings, fish locations, water depth and temperature, and will provide all the basic information you want just fine. There is a fish alarm for fish swimming by, and the manufacturer says it will read depths of up to 600 feet. This is a very good basic fish finder.

Lowrance Hook-3X Sonar

Lowrance Hook-3X Sonar

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Lowrance is another company known for building durable and effective fish finders. One of their most affordable versions is the Hook-3X series. This is another boat mounted fish finder option, and you should be able to purchase it for under $100.

This comes with a 3 inch color display screen with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution. It is supposed to be easy to see in the sunlight, but many people say then need to keep the backlit on to make it readable during very sunny days.

It comes with all the necessary equipment, except for the battery which you need to purchase separately. Like most fish finders you are going to be able to find fish, bottom contour and structure readings, and water temperature. It works best when the transducer is mounted to the transom.

The manufacturer says that the patented transducer it comes with can track the bottom at speeds of up to 75 mph – I’m not sure if that is true, or even necessary, but that is impressive.

Garmin Striker 4

Garmin Striker 4

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A good cheap fish finder reviews list wouldn’t be complete without having the Garmin Striker 4 listed. It is a little bit more expensive than some of the other options, usually around $120 to $125 dollars. However, it is also one of the most highly rated options by users on different shopping sites.

It can be mounted to the front of your boat or the trolling motor and it comes with all the necessary brackets and mounting equipment. The screen itself is 3 inches in size, and it reads better than most other cheaper versions. It is a great option for scanning water temps, bottom structure, and finding fish.

The big selling point is it has a built in GPS, making this the best cheap fish finder GPS combo package on the market. The GPS will allow you to mark fishing spots, making sure you never forget where those great secret fishing holes are located.

The GPS also monitors speed, so when you are trolling you will know exactly what speed you are going. This will allow you to make the necessary adjustments to your trolling technique.

This is our number one recommendation for serious fisherman looking for a cheaper fish finder and also anyone that needs GPS.

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NorCross Portable Fish Finders

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If you are looking for a cheap fishfinder, but you do not want it to be mounted to your boat, you should look at purchasing a Portable Fish Finder. NorCross makes a couple of options that are very dependable, but also very affordable.

How these work is very simple. You will actually tie the transducer to fishing line and cast it out into the water. The transducer connects to the display screen, and will start gathering data about bottom structure and fish locations. You can reel in the transducer and cast it out again as much as you want.

This option is great for people that do a lot of shore fishing, or need a fish finder for their canoe or kayak. Since it is not mounted to your boat, it is easy to take these fish finders with you from place to place.

The older portable fish finders can be purchased for around $50 to $80 depending on the model, with the newer and flashier versions running up to $200 or $250 dollars.

Final Thoughts

These are some really good, affordable fish finders that should help you catch some fish! They are perfect for the people that aren’t looking for all the bells and whistles of the more expensive versions, or for fisherman that get a out a few times a year, so spending lots of money on fishing equipment just wouldn’t make sense.

These are also very good beginner units for people that want to get more familiar with fish finders before making a larger purchase. Hopefully this reviewed helped you decide which option would be best for you!

Here is a quick look about the Garmin Striker 4!