Some MotorGuide trolling motors have built-in transducers, and you will be able to use them with the most popular fish finders.
If your motor comes with Pinpoint GPS and you want to control it with a fish finder, you will need to pick a specific brand and model.
With many different standards, cables and plugs, it can be time-consuming to figure out which fish finder will work with your motor.
This article discusses which brands and models of fish finders are best suited for MotorGuide trolling motors.
Let’s get started!
MotorGuide-Compatible Fish Finders
|Fish Finder||Price||Display||Sonar||MotorGuide Control|
|Lowrance HDS Live||CHECK PRICE||7", 9", 12", 16"||CHIRP, DownScan, SideScan||✔|
|Lowrance Elite FS||CHECK PRICE||7", 9"||CHIRP, DownScan, SideScan||✔|
|Garmin ECHOMAP||CHECK PRICE||7", 9", 10", 12"||CHIRP, DownScan, SideScan||✖|
|Simrad GO||CHECK PRICE||7", 9", 12", 16"||CHIRP, DownScan, SideScan||✖|
|Humminbird HELIX||CHECK PRICE||7", 8", 9", 10", 12"||CHIRP, DownScan, SideScan||✖|
|CHECK PRICE||7", 9"||CHIRP, DownScan||✖|
MotorGuide and Lowrance have been working together to improve the integration between the trolling motors, their built-in sonars, and Lowrance chartplotters.
With a Lowrance fish finder you will be able to control your MotorGuide trolling motor, for example, “go to” a selected waypoint or “follow” a route or contour.
However, not all Lowrance models can do this. Those that can include HDS Live and Elite FS models.
MotorGuide transducers are compatible with most Garmin units.
Depending on the type of transducer port on your Garmin fish finder, you will need to use a different adapter cable:
4-pin Garmin fish finders
- Use adapter cable 010-11979-00
8-pin Garmin fish finders
- Use adapter cable 010-11979-10
12-pin Garmin fish finders
- Use adapter cable 010-11979-10 and 010-12122-10
Lowrance is not the only option to fully integrate with MotorGuide.
Simrad Yachting is a Norwegian marine electronics company that makes excellent fish finders.
The most popular option is Simrad’s GO Series, known for its multi-touch displays and easy-to-use interface.
Lowrance & Simrad: Required Equipment
First of all, you will need a MotorGuide Xi5, Xi3, or Tour Pro with PinPoint GPS.
To allow your MotorGuide Xi5/Xi3 and Lowrance or Simrad to “talk” to each other, you will need two things:
You don’t need the Gateway Kit for the Tour Pro, as it already has the Gateway capability.
MotorGuide Built-in Transducers
MotorGuide Xi5 and Xi3 trolling motors are available without any transducer or a built-in standard 2D sonar (83/200 kHz).
The sonar on the Tour Pro offers 83/200 kHz views and high-definition 455/800 kHz.
You can connect this sonar to several brands of fish finders using a dedicated adapter cable:
Additional Transducers to Access More Features
Garmin Panoptix LiveScope – Check Price
If your fish finder supports CHIRP, Down Imaging (DI), or Side Imaging (SI), you will need a separate transducer to use it.
CHIRP uses different sonar frequencies simultaneously to give a better image quality. It’s sometimes called a broadband sonar.
Down Imaging uses a high-frequency sonar, usually between 400kHz and 800kHz. It gives you a high-resolution image of what is under your boat so that it easier to identify what exactly it might be.
Side Imaging sonar is the latest feature found mostly on more advanced fish finders. It generates a high-frequency sound wave directed to the sides of the boat.
Below we list a few examples of transducers. Before getting one, make sure they are compatible with your fish finder make and model:
- Lowrance ActiveTarget Live – Check Price
- Lowrance Active Imaging 3-in-1 – Check Price
- Garmin Panoptix LiveScope – Check Price
- Humminbird HD Side Imaging – Check Price
Mounting a Transducer On Your Trolling Motor
Several mounting kits are available that let you fix most transducers to your trolling motor’s lower unit.
These are the usual steps you need to follow:
Step 1. Place the mount on your motor’s housing, make sure the transducer is far enough from the prop
Step 2. Tighten the clamp with a flat-head screwdriver.
Step 3. Attach the transducer to the mount.
Step 4. Run the transducer cable up the motor’s shaft, secure it in place with cable ties.
Step 5. Connect the transducer to your fish finder’s display.
MotorGuide Fish Finder FAQ
Is my MotorGuide Xi5 compatible with Humminbird?
You can’t control your MotorGuide trolling motor via Humminbird, this is only possible with Lowrance.
However, if your Xi5 is a sonar version and has a built-in 2D transducer, you can link it with most Humminbird fish finders using an adapter cable.
Which Garmin fish finder works with MotorGuide?
Most new fish finders from Garmin are compatible. You just need to buy the right type of adapter cable depending on the number of pins in your transducer port.
Does MotorGuide work with Lowrance?
Absolutely. Both companies have been working together for years to offer seamless integration between MotorGuide’s built-in transducers and Lowrance fish finders.
Is MotorGuide compatible with Humminbird?
Yes, MotorGuide will work with Humminbird fish finders. You just need to get the Humminbird 7-pin adapter cable.
How to prevent sonar interference?
The best way is to keep your motor’s cables (usually 24V or 36V) away from your fish finder’s cables. You should also use the ferrite rings on cables whenever supplied by your fish finder manufacturer.