Are Garmin Fish Finders Compatible With Minn Kota Trolling Motors?

Navigating the waters with a trolling motor and a fish finder is a game-changer for many anglers.

But the question that often arises is about compatibility. Specifically, can Garmin fish finders work seamlessly with Minn Kota trolling motors?

Let’s dive into the details.

are garmin fish finders compatible with minn kota trolling motors

Minn Kota Trolling Motor Transducers and Garmin Marine Devices

Minn Kota, a renowned name in the world of trolling motors, offers certain models with built-in transducers. These transducers primarily operate at frequencies of 83kHz and 200kHz. Garmin, a leading name in marine electronics, has devices that can tap into these frequencies. However, to bridge the connection between the two, you’d need a Minn Kota adapter cable.

Once you’ve established this connection, it’s essential to configure your Garmin device correctly. This can be done by referring to the device’s owner’s manual and selecting the “Selecting the Transducer Type” option, where you’ll choose the Minn Kota option.

Compatibility Based on Sonar Pin Configuration

Garmin devices come with different sonar pin configurations. Depending on this configuration, you’ll need a specific adapter to ensure compatibility with Minn Kota’s trolling motor transducers.

4-pin Garmin Devices

For Garmin devices that require a 4-pin transducer, the adapter you’ll need is the MKR-US2-12. Compatible devices include:

  • echo series: 101, 151, 201, 301c, 501c, 551c, 151dv, 201dv, 301dv, 551dv
  • echoMAP series: 4x, 5x, 7x, 9x, CHIRP 4x, CHIRP 5x
  • ECHOMAP series: Plus 6x, UHD 6x, UHD2
  • STRIKER series: Standard, Plus, Vivid

6-Pin Transducers

If your Garmin device requires a 6-pin transducer, the adapter to use is the MKR-US2-1 part.

8-pin Garmin Devices

For 8-pin configurations, the MKR-US2-14 adapter is your go-to. Compatible devices include:

  • echoMAP series: 50s/dv, 70s/dv, CHIRP 7xdv/cv, CHIRP 9xdv/cv
  • GPSMAP series: 5×7, 7×1, 7×2, 8×0, 9×2, 10×0, 10×2, 12×2, 74xx/76xx, 84xx/86xx

12-pin Garmin Devices

For devices with a 12-pin configuration, you’ll need Garmin’s adapter cable part number 010-12122-10 in conjunction with the MKR-US2-14 part. Compatible devices include:

  • echoMAP series: CHIRP 7x(sv), CHIRP 9x(sv), Plus 7x(sv), Plus 9x(sv), UHD 7x, UHD 9x, Ultra
  • GPSMAP series: 7×3, 9×3, 12×3, 74xx/76xx, 84xx/86xx

Devices Operating Solely on 200kHz

It’s worth noting that devices not mentioned above can still connect using the 200kHz frequency. However, they won’t be able to utilize the 83kHz frequency. Regardless, the appropriate adapter remains a necessity.

FAQs on Garmin and Minn Kota Compatibility

The Garmin 73sv falls under the ECHOMAP UHD 7x series, which requires a 12-pin configuration. To connect a Minn Kota trolling motor with a built-in transducer to the Garmin 73sv, you’ll need Garmin’s adapter cable part number 010-12122-10 in conjunction with the MKR-US2-14 part.
Minn Kota US2 (Universal Sonar 2) is designed to be compatible with a wide range of fish finders. For Garmin devices, the compatibility is based on the sonar pin configuration:
  • 4-pin devices: echo series (e.g., 101, 151, 201, 301c) and echoMAP series (e.g., 4x, 5x, 7x).
  • 8-pin devices: echoMAP series (e.g., 50s/dv, 70s/dv) and GPSMAP series (e.g., 5×7, 7×1).
  • 12-pin devices: echoMAP series (e.g., CHIRP 7x(sv), UHD 7x) and GPSMAP series (e.g., 7×3, 9×3).
Always ensure you have the correct adapter based on your device’s pin configuration.
Minn Kota trolling motors with built-in transducers operating at 83kHz and 200kHz frequencies can be connected to compatible Garmin fish finders using the appropriate Minn Kota adapter cable. Ensure you choose the right adapter based on your Garmin device’s pin configuration.
Many Garmin fish finders, as mentioned in the previous sections, are compatible with Minn Kota trolling motors, provided the right adapter is used. This includes devices from the echo series, echoMAP series, and GPSMAP series. Always refer to the specific pin configuration of your Garmin device to determine the right adapter.


In essence, many Garmin fish finders are indeed compatible with Minn Kota trolling motors, provided you have the correct adapter. This compatibility ensures that anglers can enjoy the best of both worlds, optimizing their fishing experience. Always refer to your device’s manual and ensure you have the right adapter to guarantee a seamless connection.

Gary Burrell

Chief Content Writer and Reviewer at Garmin Fish

Born in 1989, Gary Burrell is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Tennessee. With 20+ years of experience, he has transitioned from engineering roles to becoming the Chief Content Editor. Gary’s unique blend of technical knowledge and editorial expertise has made him an essential figure in content creation, ensuring clarity and accuracy. His journey from an engineer to an editor showcases his adaptability and commitment to continuous learning.

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