Garmin Fishing Comparison Guide

Garmin Fishing Comparison Guide

Not many things frustrate anglers more than long days on the water with no action. Finding your targets is always the main priority. Trying to do so while kayaking blindfolded simply makes no sense. Most experienced anglers use some form of fish finder and navigation.

Garmin engineers products on the inside for the outside. With over 19,000 associates in 34 countries around the world, Garmin brings GPS navigation and fish finders to anglers focused on taking their kayak fishing game to their best level.

Are you considering a fish finder for your kayak but not sure which one is best? With a wide array of Fish Finders, Transducers, AutoPilots and many other accessories, let’s dive in and take a closer look at some of Garmin’s products and their differences.



Garmin STRIKER Series

Garmin's STRIKER Series all start with the same features and expand on a powerful foundation as you upgrade. Garmin CHIRP transducers provide a higher level of clarity and details for fish and structure. The STRIKER series also have built-in high-sensitivity GPS to quickly locate and mark your position for future returns. Here are the specs included with all of the Garmin STRIKER Series:

  • Dual-frequency (50/200 khz) sonar capable
  • Dual-beam (77/200 khz) sonar capable
  • Bottom lock (shows return from the bottom up)
  • Water temperature log and graph (sensor included)
  • Split-screen zoom
  • Ultrascroll® (displays fish targets at higher boat speeds)
  • Fish symbol ID (helps identify fish targets)
  • Autogain technology (minimizes clutter, maximizes targets)
  • Adjustable depth line (measures depth of underwater objects)
  • A-scope (real time display of fish passing through transducer beam)

Garmin Striker 4

Garmin STRIKER 4 Transducer

Finding fish is easier than ever with a STRIKER 4 fish finder. Mark and return to your hot spots, boat ramps and docks. Smooth Scaling™ graphics provide uninterrupted imagery when switching between depth-range scales.

Sonar history rewind allows you to scroll back through sonar images to mark waypoints you originally may have missed. Plus, it has a built-in flasher and displays speed data. Includes tilt/swivel mount, CHIRP (77/200 kHz) transducer with transom and trolling motor mounting hardware and cable.

$139

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Garmin Striker 4 Plus

Garmin STRIKER Plus 4 Transducer

The STRIKER Plus 4 fish finder includes a dual-beam transducer with Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar for crystal-clear images and remarkable target separation. The built-in GPS lets you mark waypoints and create routes for returning to your hot spots in future fishing trips.

*With all of the features of the Garmin STRIKER 4, the STRIKER 4 Plus also has a bigger 4" sunlight-readable screen and Quickdraw contour mapping that allows you create and store maps with 1’ contours for up to 2 million acres.

$159

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Garmin Striker Vivid 4cv

Garmin STRIKER Vivid 4cv Transducer

See fish and structure in maximum detail when you pick your display color, your location and your sonar for your day on the water with the STRIKER Vivid 4cv fish finder with transducer. High-sensitivity GPS, quickdraw contours, and waypoint marking are but a few features of the Garmin STRIKER Vivid 4vc.

*With all of the features of the Garmin STRIKER Plus 4, the 4cv also includes your choice of seven vivid color options in maximum contrast and clarity, as well as ClearVu scanning sonar.

$179

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Garmin Striker Vivid 5cv

Garmin STRIKER Vivid 5cv Transducer

With seven vivid sonar color options, CHIRP traditional and ClearVu sonars, waypoint marking, and 1' contours, *the STRIKER Vivid 5cv is a bigger version of the STRIKER Vivid 4cv.

The high-sensitivity GPS helps you plan and create routes and the Quickdraw contours allows you to store up to 2 million acres of maps. The 5cv is a great choice for anglers looking for a more traditional horizontal-style fish finder.

$319

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Garmin Striker 7cv

Garmin STRIKER Vivid 7cv Transducer

Like the Garmin STRIKER Vivid 5cv, the 7cv has seven color options, traditional and ClearVu sonar, a high-sensitivity GPS, waypoint marking, and Quickdraw contours that can store up to 2 million acres of maps.

The Garmin STRIKER Vivid 7cv packs all of the great features of the 5cv but with a few added benefits. *With a larger screen and Wi-Fi connection (on land) you can transfer waypoints, receive notifications and access the Garmin Quickdraw Community.

 

$419

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Garmin Striker 7sv

Garmin STRIKER Vivid 7sv Transducer

Garmin's STRIKER Vivid 7sv Transducer is the next step up in Garmin's STRIKER line. The 7sv includes seven color options, a high-sensitivity GPS, waypoint marking, quickdraw contour storing up to 2 million acres and waypoint marking.

Like the Vivid 7cv, the Vivid 7sv has WiFi connectivity to transfer waypoints, receive smart notifications and access to the Quickdraw Community. Where the 7sv differentiates itself is the addition of the *SideVu scanning sonar in addition to the traditional and ClearVu.

$519

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Garmin STRIKER 9sv

Garmin STRIKER Vivid 9sv Transducer

Like the Garmin STRIKER Vivid 7sv, the 9sv has seven color options, traditional and ClearVu sonar, a high-sensitivity GPS, waypoint marking, and Quickdraw contours that can store up to 2 million acres of maps.

The Garmin STRIKER Vivid 9sv packs all of the great features of the 7sv (Wi-Fi connection, map uploads, SideVu scanning) but has a *larger screen. The Garmin STRIKER 9sv in the culmination of all the features available in the STRIKER series.

$619

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Garmin STRIKER Ice Fishing Bundle

Garmin STRIKER Vivid 5cv Ice Fishing Bundle

Get crystal-clear images and remarkable target separation under the ice with the portable STRIKER Vivid 5cv ice fishing bundle. See clearly below the ice with the Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar and mark your favorite spots using the built-in GPS.

The high-sensitivity GPS helps you plan and create routes and the Quickdraw contours allows you to store up to 2 million acres of maps. The 5cv is a great choice for anglers looking for a more traditional horizontal-style fish finder.

$399

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Garmin ECHOMAP Series

Garmin’s ECHOMAP Series has all of the features of the STRIKER series with a few noticeable differences. Anglers who like to switch up the waters they fish in will appreciate the ECHOMAP Fish Finders’ preloaded lake maps a useful tool. Another advantage is the ability to add SD cards with a maximum of 32GB of storage. Like the STRIKER series, the ECHOMAP series has different variations of fish finders. Let’s take a deeper look at the ECHOMAPs.

All of the Garmin ECHOMAP Fish Finders come with the following base capabilities:

  • Tide tables
  • Garmin sonar compatible
  • Supports AIS
  • Supports DSC
  • Dual-frequency (50/200 khz) sonar capable
  • Dual-beam (77/200 khz) sonar capable
  • Bottom lock
  • Water temperature log and graph
  • Sonar recording
  • Sonar history rewind

Garmin ECHOMAP 43cv

Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 43cv Transducer

Anglers who move to lots of new territory will appreciate the ECHOMAP series' pre-loaded LakeVu g3 maps with integrated Navionics data. Or, pave your own paths using the Quickdraw Contours and share them with other ECHOMAP and STRIKER units.

Upgradable, the Garmin ECHOMAP fish finder gives anglers access to premium lake surveys. Access to extra data is just a bonus to the ECHOMAP's CHIRP sonar, ClearVu scanning, and upgradable storage.

$299

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Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 63cv

Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 63cv Transducer

This sunlight-readable 6” chartplotter features a quick-release bail mount and a transducer for Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar and CHIRP traditional sonar.

*With all of the features of the Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 43cv, the ECHOMAP UHD 63cv is ActiveCaptain compatible, NMEA 2000 compatible, has wireless connectivity, and can connect to AutoPilots, digital switching, media, VHF, AIS and more.

$549

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Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 64cv

Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 64cv

Building upon the UHD 63cv, the ECHOMAP UHD 64cv adds *Keyed assist buttons, a built-in receiver, NMEA 0183 compatible, WAAS support, Bluechart (coastal), Bluechart G3, LakeVu G3, TOPO, wireless remote capable, and sailing features.

Like the ECHOMAP 63cv, the 64cv can connect to AutoPilots, digital switching and more, is ActiveCaptain capable and comes with pre-loaded maps.

$549

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Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 73sv

Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 73sv Transducer

This sunlight-readable 7” touchscreen chartplotter features a quick-release bail mount, and the transducer bundle adds Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar and CHIRP traditional sonar.

Garmin's ECHOMAP 73sv supports AIS/DSC, has GCV black box sonar support, is ActiveCaptain compatible, has preloaded LakeVu g3 maps, can connect to NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 networks and has force trolling motor compatibility.

$899

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Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv

Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Transducer

Like the 73sv, the ECHOMAP UHD 93sv supports a variety of Garmin transducers (some sold separately) like the Panoptix LiveScope that allows anglers to see around your boat in real time.

Other features of the UHD 93sv include force trolling motor compatibility, ActiveCaptain app ready, network capable, preloaded LakeVu maps with Navionics data, higher depth reading capability, NMEA input and output and a 9" touchscreen.

$1,199

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Garmin ECHOMAP Ice Fishing Bundle

Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 73cv Ice Fishing Bundle

The ECHOMAP UHD 73cv ice fishing bundle is made for ice or open water and can be easily transported between seasons. The bundle includes a high narrow CHIRP ice fishing transducer with selectable beamwidth and provides crisp, clear fish arches with excellent target separation.

Mark hot spots and store up to 2 million acres of maps. The 73cv is a great choice for anglers looking for a fish finder that can be used on the ice or on a boat.

$699

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Garmin Panoptix

Garmin is the first to bring 2 modes of Panoptix sonar imaging to 1 transducer for your boat. Panoptix' all-seeing sonar is unlike anything you’ve ever seen on the water. It gives you the ability to see all around your boat and below it — in real time — up to 100’ away. Panoptix delivers a whole new perspective to fishing.

Other sonar only shows images of fish your transducer has passed over. With Panoptix LiveVü Forward and LiveVü Down sonars, your boat can be moving or stationary. Watch your lure as it sinks, and see its depth and movement as you retrieve it. See it move in relation to structure in the water. See fish swimming and reacting to your bait. Let's take a look a some of the different Panoptix models.


Garmin PS22

Garmin Panoptix PS22-TR

Specs for the PS22-TR Transducer: 417 kHz, 48W, a maximum depth of 300ft down and 300ft forward, depth and temperature, ethernet pins and support for trolling motor shaft or barrel mount.

With a one-screw mount design, the PS22-TR is easy to mount, has a narrow beam angle for clear resolution to make watching fish attack your lines that much more exciting. Experience the next step in Garmin Fish Transducers.

$999

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Garmin PS51

Garmin Panoptix PS51-TH

The Panoptix multibeam thru-hull transducer with premium FrontVü forward-looking sonar helps you avoid running aground by displaying the bottom ahead of your boat in real time on your chartplotter. It also includes LiveVu forward sonar, allowing you to see fish swimming in real time.

The PS51-TH includes an AHRS sensor for motion stabilization for clear readings in rough water. Instant feedback gives the driver more time to react. The PS51-TH is compatible with all Panoptix capable Garmin chartplotters.

$1,499

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Garmin Panoptix PS30

Garmin Panoptix PS30

See the water in 3-D. With the Panoptix Down transducer, you can see fish and bait swimming around under your boat - in real time. The Garmin Panoptix PS30 includes three views: LiveVu Down, RealVu 3-D Down and RealVu 3-D historical.

With real time sonar images, even while stationary, you can see what is coming in real time to help get an edge on your fish or mark potential hazards around you. Fishing a big lake? No problem, the PS30 can be used to help find fish while you are moving!

$1,499

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Garmin Panoptix PS31

Garmin Panoptix PS31

See the bottom, structure and fish swimming around in front of your boat, in real time, in one of two impressive views, LiveVu forward and RealVu 3-D forward.

You can also see your bait cast into the water and watch it as you reel it in. You can see fish swimming in front of or below your boat. You can even see them chase your lure. But to truly appreciate Panoptix, you have to see it.

$1,499

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Garmin Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin Panoptix LiveScope

Stunning, real-time imagery below and around your boat, the Panoptix LiveScope is easy to install and gives you a view of your boat like you've never seen before.

Image stabilization, three image modes, 200' range, plug-and-play with any Garmin Marine Network connector and compatible chartplotter, make the Garmin Panoptix LiveScope easy to install and easy to use despite its sophisticated capabilities.

$1,499

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Garmin LiveScope Plus

Garmin Panoptix LiveScope Plus System

Garmin's LiveScope Plus System took all of the great features of the LiveScope and made some improvements. The LiveScope Plus offers improved resolution, reduced noise, clearer images and better target separation.

The LiveScope Plus System has all of the same features as the LiveScope but also includes: the GLS 10 sonar black box, LVS34 transducer, perspective mount, trolling motor barrel mount, shaft mount, power cable, Garmin Marine Network adapter and cable.

$1,699

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Garmin LiveScope Thru-hull

Garmin Panoptix LiveScope Thru-Hull

Scout and be ahead of your cast with live, highly detailed and easy-to-interpret scanning sonar images of structure and fish swimming all around your boat.

See clear imagery around your boat, up to 200' in both modes, even while your boat is stationary. With stabilization for rough water conditions, your images will always be clear no matter the conditions you face. Seamlessly integrate with any compatible Garmin chartplotter.

$1,999

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Garmin Panoptix PS60

Garmin Panoptix Ps60 Thru-Hull Transducer

Garmin's Panoptix PS60 is the pinnacle of Garmin transducers. See fish and bait swimming around your boat in real time in three remarkable views: LiveVu Down, RealVu 3-D Down, and RealVu 3-D Historical.

To find your fish while moving, you can view the entire water column you have passed over in 3-D from the bottom of the surface and all of the fish and in-between. Stop wasting time trying to find your fish while stationary, get moving and get real time data to get on your fish faster.

$3,999

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Garmin Trolling Motor



Garmin Force Trolling Motor

Shaft Length: 50"/57" | Mount Location: Bow (scissor style) | Max Thrust: 100lbs using high-efficiency prop at 36V; 80lbs using high-efficiency prop at 24Vdc

Get on fish faster, and stay on the water with the most powerful, most efficient trolling motor available. Even better, it's quiet too.

It connects wirelessly to your Garmin chartplotter and comes with a built-in sonar. Also included: Water-resistant floating remote, wireless foot pedal, built-in AutoPilot and more. With remarkable efficiency (24V delivers comparable thrust to competitors' 36V motors), the Garmin Force Trolling Motor has everything you need to make your fishing trips fruitful and hands-free.

$3,549

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Garmin Force Trolling Motor


Shop More Garmin Fish Finders and Accessories

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the water and desire a better edge on finding fish in your fishing kayak, Garmin has you covered. With the right kayak underneath you and the right accessories, you're sure to explore deeper waters, find better fishing spots, and catch bigger fish than ever before.

Whether you’re just getting into fishing kayaks or are a seasoned pro, our lineup of Garmin fishing gear has everything you need to find your fish. To learn more and check out our lineup of Garmin gear, click HERE.


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