The Five Best Fishfinders for Ice Fishing

In the old days, ice fishing would often mean sitting in a tent for hours on end with nary a nibble. But today, modern technology has made it possible to quickly catch several fish. All you need is a fishfinder, which is a piece of equipment that uses sonar to scan for the presence of fish.

Today, there are many models made specifically for ice fishing, and I would rate these as the five best:

MarCum® LX-5 Flasher 3-Color Ice Fishing Sonar ($499.99)

Both durable and powerful at 2,500 watts, this is an awesome fishfinder. It has all sorts of nice features, starting with MarCum's TrueColor technology, which improves color separation and provides an easy-to-read display. Next, this fishfinder uses MarCum's Super Fine Line Technology, and that gives great definition with target separation to 3/4 of an inch. It also has movable zoom and is lightweight for easy transport.

MarCum® ShowDown Ice-Troller Hand Held Digital FishFinder ($199.99)

This is another good MarCum fishfinder, and it's a great value for its modest price. It's good to use if you're going to be moving around on the lake since it's extra portable, and will fit in the palm of your hand. While it lacks some of the features found in deluxe fishfinders, like a zoom lens, it still is solid with a 120-foot range and 2-inch target separation.

Vexilar FL-22 HD Ultra Pack Fishfinder ($619.95)

I really love this model. With 525 segments of resolution, a depth range down to 60 feet, and a target separation of under 1/4 of an inch, you'll be catching more fish than ever before. In addition, this one has lots of cool extras like two auto zoom zones, a night fishing mode, and three-color LED display. However, at its high price, I would only suggest this fishfinder to those who want to do some serious ice fishing.

Humminbird ICE 345c Fishfinder ($329.99)

Anyone looking for a solid fishfinder at a modest price should consider getting this Humminbird one. It's plenty good at finding fish with its dual beam sonar and 2,400 watts. Additionally, this model is easy to read with a 3.5-inch color display. It uses a gel cell battery that is included.

MarCum® ShowDown 5.6 Dual Beam FishFinder ($399.99)

If you are looking for a versatile model, then I think you should take a look at this fishfinder. One advantage is that you can adjust the scan depending on what type of ice fishing you are doing. A wide scan will find shallow water pan fish, and a focus scan can find deep swimming lunkers. Other pluses are its patented Interference Rejection Software and an 8-inch vertical LCD display.

Floyd Saunders is a native of snowy Minnesota. He has been a downhill and cross-country skier since childhood, and he has dabbled in snowboarding, snowshoeing, hockey, and ice fishing.

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Updated Monday, Nov 14, 2011