What Is The Best GPS Fish Finder For A Small Outboard Fishing Boat?

Hello everyone. I'm in the market for a boat I can trailer around to lakes but something that will also handle some calm weather bay fishing. I'm going to go check out a few options after the first of the year but I'm also looking to immediately equip it with new electronics. I've never purchased a fish finder for a boat before and I'm a little intimidated with all the technology, brands and features. I'm open to anything but I'm the type of guy who follows the motto "buy once, cry once". If anyone has any recommendations that I can research, I would appreciate it very much. Thanks Dock Line Community, as always I appreciate the trusted advice!


  • Before you choose a fish finder for your boat, you need to decide on what things you would like to see with a fish finder. Do you want GPS with topography charts and maps of the areas on your fish finder? Also what depths will you be fishing? This will determine the frequency you want. CHIRP fish finders make that easy and give you a broad range automatically and a better image. Lastly, do you want to see whats below the boat, to the sides, to the front? you can even view a full 360' with the right transducer. The Lowrance Hook Reveal 9 is an excellent option. It is a good size for a small outboard fishing boat. It is capable of all the features I listed above and comes with a transducer (many don't). It's easy to use and very bright in the sunlight.

  • The Best GPS Fishfinder for a small outboard boat. I'd probably recommend the Lowrance Elite FS9. It has everything you'd need and the capability to build an entire network for a small boat. The display is only 9 inches but plenty visible in any lighting condition. The Elite FS has ActiveTarget, a 3 in 1 transducer included as well as C-Maps. NMEA 2000 and ethernet connectivity. You won't be disappointed with the Elite FS9 for a smaller boat. 

    Take a look at this webinar that West Marine put together showcasing the features the new Lowrance displays have. Its very helpful and really highlights the features of the new Lowrance electronics and how to combine the features for the best days on the water.

  • Oh man I am in love with the features on the Lowrance Elite FS. It seems like that unit would fit my needs and be able to grow as technology advances etc. The plan is to mount this fish finder at the console. Would it be better to mount it up at the bow as thats where I primarily stand when I am fishing or is it better to leave it at the console for navigational purposes?

  • With the technologies changing so rapidly every year. I think its important to get a unit that allows software updates as well as the capability to network. This will ensure that your display at least stays relevant over the next couple of years. A stand alone unit that may cost less now will eventually cost more in the long run if you plan to upgrade to current technologies. Lowrance, Simrad, Garmin all have higher end units that are updatable which is one of the most important features in a fish finder if you ask me. Regardless of the size of the boat.

  • edited May 2022

    I've been fishing out of Bass Hunters for over 24 years. I fish mainly small to large Muhlenberg County, KY. Strip Pits where the Depth on many are down to 60-90 feet. I use a Flasher - Eagle Silent-Sixty l , and a Lowrance X47-TX , these take care of all my needs. They are a few years old but still work Great.

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