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The best underwater fishing camera: find out what's happening below the surface

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The best underwater fishing camera will boost your odds of landing your prey, by providing you with a clear visual representation of what’s happening beneath the surface. That way, you can discover what would otherwise be difficult to ascertain from the riverbank or side of the boat.

Yes, you could simply use a regular underwater camera (opens in new tab) or action camera (opens in new tab) instead. But unless said camera has a dedicated app that lets you use a smartphone as a remote, you won't be able to monitor what’s going on below in real time. Which is essentially the whole point of an underwater fishing camera.

At their simplest, such devices comprise of an underwater camera and a monitoring screen connected by a cable, which can be extended or retracted courtesy of a spool; much like the fishing line itself. This means manually raising and lowering the camera by hand. Some cameras, meanwhile, can be deployed on the line, to work alongside your bait, and some even mimic regular floats in their design. Some also provide extra lights for murky and dark waters.

Other options may be connected to the fishing line or lure itself – though beware that these may not be offering real-time monitoring, unless Wi-Fi transmission or sharing is featured, possibly via a dedicated app. You’ll also want to consider the potential for such devices to get loosened and, worst-case scenario, lost.

Below, we've gathered together the best underwater fishing cameras you can buy today. These cover a range of different uses, and come in at a variety of price points, so you'll be sure to find what you're looking for here.

Best underwater fishing camera in 2022

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1. Lucky Underwater Fishing Camera Viewing System

The best underwater fishing camera for clear waters

Specifications

Video resolution: 480x272 pixels
Remote viewing: Yes, via 4.3-inch LCD
Recording capacity: Up to 8GB
Waterproofing: Up to 15m
Battery life: Up to 4 hours recording time
Weight: 950g

Reasons to buy

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Compact carry box
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Works up to 15m 
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Infrared LEDs

Reasons to avoid

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Not the lightest
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Cable could get snagged and tangled 

With its manufacturer suggesting this option is for use in clear water, this setup features a camera, slender 20m (65 foot) cable on a reel, plus a 4.3-inch LCD resembling a typical digital camera back. 

There are operational buttons provided to remotely take the shot, not just review it. Functions include video recording and still picture taking, with the ability to view both on screen. The unobtrusive camera element features four infrared LED lights ranged around its lens, enabling fish to be observed even in darker waters. 

Battery life is good for up to four hours of use when fully charged, with a USB cable helpfully provided. The monitor section can also be mounted on the handle end of your fishing rod, if so desired, so you’re not distracted from the sport itself.

2. GoFish Cam

The best underwater fishing camera for deep dives

Specifications

Video resolution: 1080p at 60fps
Remote viewing: No
Recording capacity: Up to 64GB via microSD card
Waterproofing: Up to 150 metres (500ft)
Battery life: Up to 2 hours recording time
Weight: 3.3oz / 94g

Reasons to buy

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Small and simple to use
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Works with your smartphone
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Depth rated to 500 feet

Reasons to avoid

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No live video feed

GoFish is an American company, and its solution is to mount the camera on your line so that you can use it to capture footage of you striking your fish, or gain intel as to where the fish are and just how interested they are in your bait. 

The GoFish Cam works wirelessly, although you can't stream footage when underwater (that’s physics for you). What you can do is set the device up to beam footage back to your phone once the camera is above water. Video is recorded continuously in one-minute segments, and backs up to a microSD card (opens in new tab).

Incredibly the device is tested for use down to 150 feet (50m), and has a built-in green light to aid visibility when night fishing. This in itself will even attract some species of fish!

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3. Moocor HD 1000

The best underwater fishing cameras for icy waters

Specifications

Video resolution: 800x480 pixels
Remote viewing:
Recording capacity:
Waterproofing: At least 15m (50ft)
Battery life: 8-10 hours
Weight: 200g

Reasons to buy

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Long battery life
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Camera can be set to horizontal or 45˚

Reasons to avoid

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No recording 
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Not very high-res

With a 4.3 inch monitor on a reasonably generic monitor, the Moocor doesn’t look anything special at first glance, but to the ice fisher it’s a potential game changer. Neatly tucked to the back of that screen is 15m / 50ft of cable, for a start, which connects into a neat little camera housing that has been designed with cable clips at different points so the HD camera can be angled according to conditions. 

There are also three IR lights around the lens which can be enabled according to conditions. We also liked the combined screen shade / cover; using displays in bright conditions is never easy and this definitely helps. If fishing in clear ice water, you may also appreciate the 4x digital zoom to see closer into the waters without disturbing the fish.

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4. Eyoyo 1000TVL

A great all-in-one solution

Specifications

Video resolution: 720x576 pixels
Remote viewing: Yes, via 7-inch LCD
Recording capacity: Up to 32GB via SD card
Waterproofing: Yes, maximum depth not given
Battery life: up to 7 hours recording time
Weight: not given

Reasons to buy

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Handy bait-like box
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12 LEDs
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SD card included

Reasons to avoid

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Image switches to black and white in infrared
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Required cable could get snagged

Everything you need for remote underwater fish watching within the one easy-to-transport tackle box-like aluminium case, complete with a 7-inch 16:9 ratio LCD screen cleverly built into the underside of the lid. 

The case itself, not just the camera included, is further claimed as waterproof, though it’s not clear to what extent. Its 1/3-inch CMOS sensor camera can shoot both video and stills and features 12 infrared LEDs to allow fish to be seen more clearly beneath the surface. 

It’s worth noting however that in infrared mode, the image captured is in black and white. While camera is attached to a monitor via 50 metre cable and wheel, to get you started, one 4GB SD card is included along with lithium ion battery and charger. In short, an all in one solution easily packed or unpacked.

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5. Anysun Underwater Fishing Camera

A sharp picture at up to 15m depth

Specifications

Video resolution: 720x576 pixels
Remote viewing: Yes, via 7-inch LCD
Recording capacity: Up to 32GB via SD card
Waterproofing: Up to 15 metres (50 feet)
Battery life: up to 12 hours recording time
Weight: 1.8kg

Reasons to buy

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Sharp picture
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Strong battery

Reasons to avoid

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Chunky 12v battery adds to weight
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Cable could get snagged 

Offering a very similar specified – and indeed nigh identical looking – box of tricks to the Eyoyo offering, for a price within the same ballpark, Anysun’s claim is that its IP68 certified waterproof camera system is so sharp you’ll be able to clearly see the fish actually bite your bait. 

Added to this, its chunky 12-volt battery will last an impressive 9 to 12 hours’ worth of angling. With a 7-inch monitor boasting a sun visor and 1,000 lines of resolution, you basically have everything we need to record and view what’s up to 15m below the surface – even if the water itself is murky.

PowerVision PowerRay Wizard, one of the best underwater fishing cameras

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6. PowerVision PowerRay Wizard underwater drone

Not a dedicated fishing camera, but this 4K shooting drone could be what you need

Specifications

Video resolution: 4K
Remote viewing: Yes, via VR goggles
Recording capacity: Up to 64GB via SD card
Waterproofing: Up to 30 metres (100 feet)
Battery life: up to 4 hours recording time
Weight: 4.5kg

Reasons to buy

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4K video resolution
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30m depth
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Comes with VR goggles

Reasons to avoid

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Tether cable could become snagged
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Hard to retrieve if it loses power

This isn't a fishing aid per se, unless you’re looking to catch bigger ocean-bound dwellers. But if you really want to push the boat out – no pun intended – when it comes to filming the underwater world and its wildlife, then an underwater drone (opens in new tab) could be your step-up product. 

Included in this package are not just the 12-megapixel sensor, 4K resolution camera-incorporating drone and handset, but also some VR goggles/headset, a 64GB memory card and 210ft tether. Also impressing is the ability for the PowerRay to transmit images via Wi-Fi up to a distance of 262 feet, while it’s usable to depths of 30m also. Yes, it's expensive, but if you’re serious about getting deep into your hobby there is a lot of scope here.

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7. Deeper Smart Sonar Pro+ 2

The best sonar imaging camera for fishing

Specifications

Depth range: 6 in - 330 ft
Operating temperature: -4°F to 104°F / -20°C to 40°C
Sonar type: 3 Frequency - Narrow 675 kHz (cone angle 7°), Medium 240 kHz (cone angle 20°), Wide 100 kHz (cone angle 47°)
Battery life: up to 9 hours

Reasons to buy

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Inventive solution
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Clever AI
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Very light

Reasons to avoid

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Not a 'proper camera'

If you’re looking deep underwater solely for the purposes of fishing, then actually seeing into the murky depths might not be the ideal solution. Another technology yielding visual results from a device deeper down is digital sonar imaging. You’ll be pleased to hear you don’t need dolphin-like intelligence to interpret the reflected sounds of nearby fish; instead modern tools will examine the sub-surface environment and highlight targets for you, more than likely with fish icons. 

The Deeper Pro Plus 2 use multiple beam frequencies and its own AI to tell you where fish are, presenting it as clearly as possible on your phone screen with GPS data. All this in a ball which weighs 90g (3.2oz) and goes on the end of your line, but can broadcast (and hear) three beam frequencies for up to nine hours to help you identify fish with a precision of between one and 2.4cm (depending on the depth). The visuals here will also help a fisher identify the bed and vegetation. So you’ll use your time better, even if you’re not looking your targets in the eye with a camera. 

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