Choosing the perfect trolling motor for your boat is one of the most important decisions and purchases you’ll make. You might want to settle in because we have a lot of information to cover on top brands, types (freshwater or saltwater), along with descriptions of each motor.

We’ve broken it up into sections so you can skip ahead if you already know the brand you like and the power your boat needs. Most importantly we cover the motors’ major features, technology, mounts, upgrades, price, and power so if you don’t already have a model in mind, by the end of this article you’ll know which is the best choice for your boat and fishing style.

Actually, if you’re like us, you’ll probably want more than one, but this will help you narrow it down. Okay, are you ready?

Minn Kota Trolling Motor

Having an established history of being reliable, durable, and affordable has made Minn Kota a market leader. Base models through to top-of-the-line technologically advanced models that drive themselves offer value for money in any price range. Minn Kota is a top brand so no matter where you fish, don’t be surprised if the neighboring boat has a Minn Kota as well.

If you’ve ever wanted to take a look behind the scenes,  you’ll find this Minn Kota promo video interesting.

 

Minn Kota Endura C2 30

This durable, 12v top little motor is hard to beat when it comes to value for money. With 5 forward and 3 reverse speeds driving the power prop on the exclusive, indestructible guaranteed-for-life shaft, it’s able to cut through pesky underwater vegetation and weed no problem without overheating the motor.

 

A fully adjustable 10-position lever bracket means it will fit any transom while the adjustable telescopic hand tillers’ special ergonomic design means that no matter how long you’ve been chasing the fish you’re as comfortable as when you started.

 

This motor runs cool and quiet extending its lifespan with a bearing system that reduces noise as much as pivot smoothly allowing for maximum maneuverability without spooking the fish.

 

You can usually pick one up for under $100 and if you have a larger boat then upgrades to the Endura C2 40, 45, 50 or 55 are available, all with varying shaft lengths.

 

The ultimate upgrade is the Endura Max with digital maximizer and push-to-test battery meter so not only do you get as much as 5x the run time from every single battery charge, but you can see how much battery you have left at the touch of a button. You can pick one up on Amazon for around $900.

Minn Kota Terrova (Freshwater)

This motor takes it to the next level with lift-assist, spot-lock and auto-pilot technology adjusting to current, wind and waves that fits with most sonars.

 

Easily installed, it runs quiet, cool and smooth in the water to get you right in on top of where the fish are hiding giving you more rod-in-hand time.

 

Plus, the bow-mounts responsive heel-toe foot pedal is not only easy to use but provides optimum maneuverability easily keeping you right on top of the fish and activating spot lock GPS with a tap, so you’ll never miss a strike or forget that excellent spot you stumbled across.

 

The remote can be used anywhere onboard controlling motor speed and direction with the added benefit of being waterproof, and it floats in case you have an accident and drop it in the drink.

 

Digital maximizer prolongs your run time up to 5x longer while the touch of a button shows you how much battery you have left. No excuses if you ever get stuck.

 

We think it’s a top mix of technology, reliability, and price.

 

You can upgrade to include i-Pilot which allows the wireless trolling system that will drive itself, store your favorite spots, remember routes and more.

 

This beaut freshwater motor comes in a 55lb, 80lb or a whopping 112lbs with either 45” or 60” shaft lengths with either 24v or 36v depending on size.

Minn Kota Riptide Terrova (Saltwater)

 

This saltwater model is the stuff dreams are made of. It has everything the freshwater version you just read about has, plus a few extras to handle the harsher saltwater environment.

 

Advanced Corrosion Protection prevents rust by grit blasting then coating with aluminum before adding a protective powder coating for extra protection.

 

Choose from the 12v (55lb), 24v (80lb) or the 36v (112lb) along with 3 shaft lengths to suit every boat. It’s powerful, quiet and has technology up to wazoo. Complete with your choice of incredibly accurate i-Pilot GPS or i-Pilot Link, autopilot, spot-lock, digital maximizer for 5x the run time, incredibly strong weedless-wedge props to cut through underwater vegetation and lift assist, this is every fishermen’s dream.

 

It even deploys and stows at the touch of a button making it the easiest it’s ever been to pick up and move spots.

 

It’s a top of the line model so it’ll set you back between $3,000 – $4,000, but you couldn’t buy better.

Minn Kota Ultrex

The crowning jewel in the Minn Kota cap, with award-winning power steering technology and cruise control, this motor is an absolute beast with loads of power. Boasting the only cable heel-toe foot pedal, its instantaneous responsiveness and incredibly accurate upgraded spot lock electronic anchor keep you right on the fish with a touch of your toe. Autopilot drives the boat as soon as you remove your foot, so you don’t have to, and every fisherman’s best friend i-Pilot is there to record your paths, spot locks, direction, speed and more.

 

This motor is at the summit of electronic trolling motors. They are so confident you’ll love it that they’ve extended the warranty to 3 yrs and of course, the durable composite shaft housing your wiring and transducer keeping it completely safe and sealed is guaranteed for life.

 

Reliable and durable, the motor runs virtually silent, smooth and cool extending the motor’s life span. This, coupled with the batteries digital maximizer only delivering that amount of power needed, you get up to 5x longer run time off of every single charge. It’s also easy to keep an eye on with a built-in battery meter showing you just how much juice is left.

 

We won’t tell you the price until you’re sitting down…no it’s not too bad, you can pick one up for around  $2,400 on Amazon which for the top trolling motor on the market is quite reasonable.

Minn Kota Fortrex 112

If it’s power you’re after, look no further. This bow-mounted freshwater monster has one of, if not the biggest, thrust ratings out there. But don’t get scared of the power, it’s got a removable 360º bowguard bracket which breaks away on impact and resets itself so you can’t get into too much trouble.

 

The new Mono-Arm design is sturdier than ever, made of tough extruded and anodized aluminum which also helps the motor run quieter and reduces the wear extending its life span.

 

For serious anglers and keen fishermen that go into a variety of environments, it’s a great allrounder handling faster flowing waters, currents, wind and waves with ease. Oh, and don’t worry about weed, the specially designed prop blades are swept back so they’ll cut through underwater vegetations and obstructions easily. Even stumps won’t stop you.

 

The other feature to love is the counter-tension stabilizer which means when the motor is deployed (or stowed) an integrated spring applies force translating to: no give, reduced torque, no play and it helps keep your motor running virtually silent for years. There’s another spring which is a bit of a life saver, the stainless-steel nitrogen gas-charged spring in the Lift-Assist mount cutting the motors weight in half making your life easier as it does the work for you.

 

This beast falls into the middle price range, and you can pick one up on Amazon for around $1,470.

Minn Kota Maxxum

In what could possibly be the best mid-sized motor on the market, the Maxxum comes in 6 models: 80, 70, 70/SC, 70/SC/H, 80H and the 55/SC/H with 2 shaft lengths and is a great all-round 24v bow mounted freshwater motor.

 

As Minn Kota say “built to keep up with dedicated anglers, with tournament-tested power, innovative fishing features, and an impact-resistant composite head” they aren’t joking.

Its digital maximizer gets you 5x greater run time only feeding enough power needed even when the weedless wedge props are cutting through underwater weed so she goes all day smoothly and quietly.

 

You’ve also got a choice of up to 8 speeds: 5 forward, 3 reverse depending on the model controlled be either heel-toe (H) or cable-steer (CS) foot pedals enabling great maneuverability and responsiveness. The motor runs cool, quietly and efficiently every time.

 

And yes, let’s not forget that indestructible shaft with a lifetime warranty. The durable high-strength steel and aluminum bracket is hardy and makes installation on your bow easy. And it comes with a bow guard 360 providing pressure relief to both the motor and shaft while shielding your bow.

 

Coming in at the lower end of the mid-range motors, you can pick up for between $590 – $2,755 on Amazon depending on the model you choose.

Minn Kota Traxxis

This little 12v motor is built for comfort and handles like a dream. A terrific freshwater transom-mount comes in 55lb or 70lb that has your all-day comfort in mind.

 

An easy one-hand stow means that all you have to do, no matter what you run across, is pull it toward you and it will keep running in one of 10 different positions. No levers, buttons or switches, just keep on going. And don’t worry, the ergonomic tiller tilts to a 45º angle as well as extending an extra 6 inches so your wrist won’t feel it at the end of the day. They even put a convenient digital battery indicator in plain sight on the head so you can see how the digital maximizer is saving your power, giving you up to 5x longer run time.

 

Another nifty little perk is the quick cam depth adjuster which allows you to change your trim depths quickly and once you’ve found the right depth, lock it in securely. While it’s in this position, you can either choose to lock in your steering or keep it loose with the built-in steering tension control. (This is great if you’ve had to tilt it right up in some shallows giving you great vertical control.) Although the shaft is durable and the props are designed to chew through heavy weed without a problem, sometimes you will have to lift over rocks or logs.

 

Durable, dependable with a lifetime warranty on the shaft, you can easily pick up one of these models from between $300 – $1,200 on Amazon depending on size.

Minn Kota Edge

Available in 3 models and 4 shaft lengths there is an Edge for every boat. Either the 12v or 24v is a sturdy, durable little bow-mounted freshwater trolling motor driven by a larger power prop to get you through anything. Take your choice of 5 speeds driven by a very responsive heel-toe foot pedal allowing you maximum maneuverability to get right in where the fish love to hide alongside speed control and a directional indicator right on the head of the motor so you always know where you’re going.

 

Strong, it’s extruded anodized aluminum with a door and latches bracket for ease of removal at the end of the day and an unshakable hold while she’s stowed.

 

Like all Minn Kota’s she runs cool and quiet but we’ll be honest, this one has had its issues so for around the same money, do your homework to make sure this is the model you really want. You can pick them up on Amazon for under $800.