The 5 Best Garmin Fish Finders
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in March of 2019. The greatest thing about fishing is you don't need to catch anything to have a good day. Of course, you'll enjoy yourself a whole lot more if you're constantly reeling in big ones, and these Garmin fish finders can help you do just that. They reveal the world beneath the boat in vivid detail, giving you all the information you could possibly want when deciding where to make your next cast. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
March 27, 2019:
As you might expect when dealing with several models from a single manufacturer, these options all have quite a few things in common, like color displays, ease of installation, and the like. That's not to say that there aren't differences, however, or that the differences aren't important.
The most important decision to make is whether you want side sonar, which Garmin refers to as SideVü. Using this technology obviously gives you a much clearer picture of everything happening under your hull, but you will pay more for it, and it's up to you to decide whether it's worth the additional cost. The EchoMap CHIRP 74cv is the only model to make our list that lacks this ability.
The size of the display is another thing to take into consideration. The Striker Plus 9sv is the largest model shown here at 9 inches, while the Striker 4 is the smallest at just under 4. We feel that the extra-large displays are as likely to get in the way as they are to help, which is why we valued the smaller (and cheaper) models, as they were still able to provide a wealth of information in a compact body. It's unlikely that the average angler will need the additional screen space, unless it's simply a question of being easier on the eyes.