Should You Put A Fish Finder On A Kayak? (Pros, Cons, & Mounting Tips)


Should you put a fish finder on your kayak?

Well, it depends.

What kind of fishing are you doing?

Are you like me, and you spend the majority of your time fishing in three feet of water?

Or do you fish deeper water, like channels under bridges, or even offshore?

How and where you fish will largely determine whether or not you should get a fish finder, and in the video below, I’m going to dive in to help you decide if a fish finder is right for you.

You’ll learn:

  • How to mount fish finders on kayaks
  • The pros and cons of fish finders
  • What type of fish finder to get (and what features you’ll want)
  • And more

Check it out below!

Kayaks & Fish Finders [VIDEO]

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First, we’ll discuss fish finder pros and cons, then we’ll get into whether or not you should get one, and finally, we’ll cover what to look for in a fish finder for your kayak.

Fish Finder Pros & Cons


  • Helps you see what’s in the water below you and to the side of you in deeper water
  • GPS helps you always know where you are (great for if you’re deep in mangroves or backcountry creeks)


  • Expensive
  • Can get in the way of paddling or fishing

Should You Put A Fish Finder On Your Kayak?

A fish finder is like any other tool in your toolbox.

You don’t always use all your tools all the time, but when you need it, it’s good to have.

Although the majority of my fishing is done in really shallow water, I like having a fish finder just in case I decide to hit some deeper channels or bridges to target big drum.

It helps me know if there are any schools of fish below me, so I can quickly decide whether or not I want to stay in a spot.

So it depends on what type of fishing you do, but I would definitely recommend having one on board.

What Kind Of Fish Finder To Get

There are many different types of fish finders, but I’ve really enjoyed my Simrad GO5 with the YakAttack Nocqua lithium battery.

As far as features to look for, I recommend finding a fish finder that has:

  • Side scanning
  • Down scanning
  • GPS
  • Chart plotter


big black drum on light tackle

If you want to be a well-rounded angler, I would definitely recommend putting a fish finder on your kayak.

You’d then have the ability to find fish in deeper water, as well as the normal shallow-water fishing most kayakers do.

Plus, with the GPS, you’ll always be able to see where you are right in front of you without having to pull out your phone and risk dropping it in the water.

Do you have a fish finder on your kayak?

Have any questions about fish finders?

Let us know in the comments below!

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3 years ago

Great timing, been trying to decide if I want to add a fish finder. I mostly fish mangrove coves and flats so depth is a huge factor but I have been worried if I go back to far might be hard to find my way out.


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