What to Look for When Buying a Trolling Motor

Trolling motors for fishing range from basic to feature heavy.

Today’s Jon boats, bass boats, bay boats, flats boats, skiffs, pontoon boats, and smaller center consoles regularly utilize trolling motors when fishing.

A simple transom-mounted trolling motor with handheld steering and propulsion could power a Jon boat around a small pond all morning. A beefier handheld trolling motor with higher voltage and thrust maneuvers a center console bay boat around boat docks, grass flats and oyster bars during an afternoon’s fishing in the bay.

Different trolling motors offer voltage, thrust, materials for fresh or salt water, steering mechanisms, and even links with GPS or fishfinder electronics. The motors can be simple or flush with the newest features. No matter what, trolling motors have proven to help anglers catch more fish by maneuvering in tight quarters and shallow areas, fishing shorelines quietly, and holding strong in one place when fighting against wind or current.


You don’t have to throw the anchor every time you want to stay in one place. You don’t have to start the outboard engine every time you want to move. Take advantage of the many trolling motor offerings available in the market today.

Trolling Motors with Next Level Features

Minn Kota Terrova 55/US2 Trolling Motor w/i-Pilot
Trolling motors can keep a boat in one spot with the touch a button and GPS connection. Minn Kota

The Minn Kota Terrova trolling motor is loaded with features, offering more than just battery powered propulsion. Lift assist allows the motor to easily deploy and stow at the bow. But two features make this motor stand out. The i-Pilot GPS trolling system allows the trolling motor to stay in one spot, called Spot Lock, even when fighting current or wind. Auto Pilot keeps the motor traveling in whichever direction you set, a great option when fishing along a shoreline. The 12-volt, 55 pound-thrust, 45-inch shaft motor is controlled by foot pedal, remote control or smart phone app.

Hands Free Fishing

MinnKota Edge Bowmount Foot Control Trolling Motor
No frills trolling motors are easily added or removed from the transom of Jon boats. Minn Kota

Not too expensive, the Minn Kota Edge trolling motor is a bow-mount foot-control option for bass and flats fishermen. A latch and door bracket allow an angler to easily remove the motor from the bracket when the boat is on the trailer. The composite shaft is durable, able to handle the five different speeds of the motor. The foot pedal utilizes heel-toe control on the cable steer motor. All in, the features on this motor are a great option for the weekend warrior fishermen, but probably not enough for the tournament angler.


Back to the Basics

MinnKota Traxxis 45 Transom Mount Trolling Motor
Use your foot pedal to steer a trolling motor when actively fishing. Minn Kota

The Minn Kota Traxxis 45 trolling motor is a transom-mount option that’s perfect for the angler who needs to be mobile. For example, the trolling motor is easy to add or remove to any small Jon boat that you might throw into the back of truck or on top of the roof. Use the trolling motor to explore after launching in those small shallow creeks, ponds or lakes. The motor easily hooks up to a battery, able to exert 45 pounds of thrust. A. digital maximizer feature lengthens the life of your battery, allowing you to fish longer. The motor’s composite shaft measures 36 to 42 inches, so an angler can adjust it when fishing in shallow or deeper waters. One-hand tiller control means an angler will always have to be at the motor to steer.