Which Fishfinder is Right For You?


These days, fishfinders range drastically in both size and functionality. If you’re a small boat, canoe or kayak angler, chances are a standard fishfinder without mapping is all you really need. However, there are so many options out there at a plethora of price points it’s hard to know which direction to go. We’ll give you a quick overview of some of the ones you might want to consider.

Garmin carries a wide variety of fishfinders, but today we’re going to go over four 5” non-mapping models that Garmin manufactures – echo 551dv, echo 551c, echo 201dv, and echo 201.

The top of the line model is the echo 551dv. With this model, you will have a VGA color screen, plus Garmin DownVü scanning sonar with an all-in-one transducer, which helps you distinguish structure and cover from fish much easier than traditional sonar.


echo 551dv 

Next, is the echo 551c. The 551c is virtually identical to the 551dv, except that it does not include DownVü. You still get the high-resolution color screen and easy-to-use functionality that Garmin is known for.

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echo 551c

Garmin also offers several grayscale units for the budget-minded consumer. The echo 201dv has a lower resolution, 16-level grayscale display, but still comes with a DownVü transducer.


echo 201dv 

The echo 201 is essentially the same as the 201dv, but it doesn’t come with the DownVü transducer.


echo 201 

These grayscale units have a lower-wattage than the color units, which means it will be slower to display sonar readings. If you’re fishing deeper water, you may want to consider one of the echo 551 series units, as your picture will be much clearer.

To sum it up, the two things that the color units have over the grayscale units are a higher resolution color screen and a higher power output, which will give you faster, clearer readings. Add in DownVü technology, and you get everything you need to have an enjoyable day on the water.

To read more about Garmin Fishfinders, click here.

If your needs are more advanced, Garmin carries a full-line of sonar combo units as well: http://marine2015.garmin.com/en-US/inland

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