Great Ice Fishing Sonar Options
November 19, 2013
I grew up during ice fishing's old-school days. Trips began by wrestling a rusty hand auger for what seemed like an eternity, just to bore a portal into that magical but mostly fishless frontier beneath my feet. My system for anticipating what awaited under the ice relied mostly on faith. Depths were counted in arm-lengths, and the presence of fish was an unknown. Once the auger battle ended and the slush was cleared, I'd drop some Medieval, heavy-metal lure to bottom, raise it a foot or two, and hope for the best. Nowadays, anglers can scout the underwater world in a heartbeat, thanks to sonar systems that instantly reveal the depth, bottom hardness, and whether or not there are fish down under. We can, with no guesswork, drop lures to the level of the fish, and even watch how they react to our presentations. In appreciation of this amazing technology, we've rounded up a handful of the hottest ice fishing sonar units on the market.