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24 reviews | 4.3 out of 5
I read several reviews before buying this fishfinder. I found it easy to install, and as well use. I just have a 14' fishing boat and wanted something economical yet with dual beam. I would recommend it.
this was a great value and a great fish finder. I check other stores and you had the best price. Thank you
Use the split screen 83/200khz. Everything you see on the 200 khz screen is really there. The 83khz shows a lot of clutter. I am really happy with this unit especially for the price.
I have a Lowrance Elite 5 DSI at the console and this 561 on the bow. The 561 shows nearly as much as the Elite 5. The detail is amazing for a sub $150 unit. Would recommend to a friend.
Purchased this Fishfinder to use as a second one on my boat .Wallmart had great price on it. Product shipped faster than expected. Easy to install. Had A instructional DVD and A book, even a quick guide. Easy to use.
I looked at a lot of different makes and models, and for the money the 561 does everything I need it too. The only problem I had was, I was replacing both of my fishfinders on my Bass Boat so I ordered two. One of them would always show I was 2' of water, so I wanted to return it but couldn't because I didn't have all the parts to return(installed power and transducer wires and wasn't going to tear my boat apart to return the unit) so I had to purchase another unit and use the parts from that one the return the bad one or would have given it 5 stars. If you purchase the 561 don't just use the default settings, read the instructions and get into the advanced settings. They're not that complicated.
Only got to use it once so far but I love it all ready. Keeps up depth at high speed. Great product for the price. Only complaint that I have is the operators manual is on cd.
easy to install, easy to operate, good sized display for the cost. I replaced a previous unit on my small fishing boat and the installation took about an hour. Unit comes with transom mount transducer that also reads water temp. I would recommend this unit.
Hummingbird fishfinder is will worth the money.
A bet hard to get use to using the menue
Not to bad a finder and does just what it says.
Real good product for the price. Easy to mount and to operate. Instructions were good....better than most items like this. Recommend to all.
2nd one I've owned. 1st one stolen. never had any problems with either one
replacing a hummingbird 560 with the 561. looks the same, but i had trouble losing the bottom with my 560 and now that problem is gone
Very good for the price. Simple to install, took me about 30 min. Easy to use you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Read the Hand Book a time or two and go fishing.
everything the Humminbird is supposed to be
I purchased the 561 to replace my Hummingbird 521 and it worked very well on the water. However when I plugged my 521 back in just to check, it started working again. I returned the 561 to my local store.
The fish finder did not work right out of the package. The fish finder would give water temperature but would not provide depth. I am currently working with Hummingbird to remedy. Problem is that you need to be on the water while working with Hummingbird to run diagnostics over the phone. This is very inconvenient. I am hoping for the best... but not holding my breath.
lives up to my expectation
First, ditch the long stainless bolt that is used on the transducer pivot.
I had read elswhere of this issue and I "tried" to prethread the nylok nut onto the supplied bolt.
Glad I did.
This averted a NIGHTMARE from happening.
The bolt and the nylok are of incompatible threads.
Save yourself some time and headache, it just doesn't work.
I put the allen wrench in my vise and "tried" to tighten the nut onto the bolt...wouldn't thread properly and locked onto the bolt stripping the allen head on the bolt and also seizing the wrench into the bolt head as well.
I had some stainless hardware on hand, which all boaters should have, so it was a non-issue
Had I tried to tighten it on the mount itself, it would have destroyed the transducer mounting bracket.
The transducer bracket is "fixed" meaning no "pop up" feature to avoid possible damage. As far as the unit itself, the screen is high gloss and shows LOTS of glare.
Comes in handy as a mirror though, looking into some anti-glare film for this issue. The display is very dark.
It has no backlighting to assist in daytime use.
The lighting it has is from above and below for night time use only.
LOTS of herky jerky digitizing in the scrolling, not smooth at all.
Have yet to use it on the water, so I hope it performs, I can read the screen, find some fish and some structure and have some fishing fun !!! Not sure yet if this is "recommended" when an LED backlit screen is so close in price.
Looks good so far not installed yet