Apps Featuring Connected Devices
There are a few unique fishing apps that work with connected devices. We have special appreciation for these guys since ANGLR also pairs with optional tracking accessories.
Price: Free app and scale sold separately
The ConnectScale app provides users with a Smart Digital Scale and Fishing App created to be a solution to weighing and tracking catch data. Catch it, weigh it, and then the app logs it. ConnectScale uses low energy technology that transmits weight and weather data to your iOS or Android mobile device. When weighing your catches, you are able to log weight, air temperature, date, time, and GPS location directly in the app. With an easy to use interface, the app allows you to easily capture data of your catches and save them to your database. Later, you can view a Catch Log and Summary reports to find historical data on previous catches! The app also allows you to share your catches on a variety of social media platforms!
Unique Strengths: This app is not only a digital scale on your phone, but it also logs weather information and helps you create a log of your catches in a quick and easy manner.
Price: Free app and optional sonar accessories available
Deeper is best-known for their castable fish finders. This optional device works very well and we highly recommend checking it out if you often find yourself fishing from dock, the bank, or other shallow water situations where a boat mounted fish finder is not an option. Great for kayak fishing and ice fishing! You can use this app with or without their connected devices. Beyond the live sonar on your phone features with the castable fish finders there are few other features worth noting. You can use it to determine the best days and times to go fishing using its Solunar Forecast Calendar. Other functions include social media sharing, photo shoot, and note-taking. Deeper works in online or offline mode.
Unique Strengths – The most unique thing about the Deeper app is that you can combine it with the Deeper Smart Fishfinder to provide you with various underwater details. This sonar device scans the underwater and relays information such as the bottom structure, depth of the site, underlying vegetation, location of fish, and water temperatures, among other details, to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth.
Price: Free (fish finder devices sold separately)
iBobber is another castable fish finder worth checking out. The iBobber app in conjunction with the iBobber bobber enables you to locate fish up to 135’ under water. Use GPS feature to tag favorite hotspots, map the contour of waterbeds, and measure water temperature. Save basic fish log data in the log area and share on social media. iBobber also offers a lunar calendar and weather sync.
Unique strengths: Pairs with Bluetooth connected castable fish finder accessories. The Fish Alarm and Strike Alarm are also unique.
Netfish is a product of ReelSonar, the makers of the iBobber Sonar. This app breaks down major waterways with aggregated details for locations and opportunistic times for catching fish. The social feed allowing users to post and share catches is one of the less-exciting of other apps we’ve seen. We earned points, “Reelwards” while exploring the app, a unique concept even though we fell short of the minimum threshold for earning some free gear. The app also features related fishing content, “Netfish TV” and a fishing forum where we spent most of our time.
Unique strengths: Reelwards system for earning gear. Great fishing forums baked into a handy resource app.
The Fishing Lures app is designed to help you select a bait to use for the specific fish species you are fishing for. Find lure based on type, technique, and species. Then read full description and information about lure.
Unique strengths: Comprehensive fishing lures catalog and finder.
This app is the official app of the International Game Fish Association. It contains a database of species of game fish. This database contains colorful photos and information about these game fish. This app even has data regarding the current world records for the biggest catches and where to take one if you think you’ve landed a potential record breaker. It’s an extremely good reference for identifying and studying up, and you can rest easy knowing it’s all official.
Unique Strengths: The official IGFA app is one of the best resources containing nearly every species of game fish, how to identify it, and where to take your potential record breaking fish!
Ikijime is a technique for dispatching legal caught fish with a spike to the brain. It’s said to be quick and humane, minimizing stress on the fish. The Ikijime Tool app (Android, iOS) provides a mobile guide for this technique. It contains diagrams for over 50 different North American fish species, and a variety of others worldwide! The Ikijime tool app also contains a database of fish species for quick and easy reference on or off the water.
Unique Strengths: The Ikijime Tool app might be one of the strangest apps to make our list, but it does provide a great reference for species of fish, how to identify and if you chose, dispatch them.
Fishing Knot Apps
Sometimes you just need to know how to tie the right knot! Land more fish and lose less tackle by knowing the right knots for the right situation.
Price: Free or in-app purchase removes ads
Fishing Knots Lite serves as a free app for Android users that contains detailed instructions on how to tie a variety of fishing knots. These instructions even include pictures to help describe and walk you through tying some of those tricky knots! The knots instructional pages cover everything from attaching flies, hooks, and any other bait or lure! Each knot page contains a short description, and a guide on tying it. On a tablet, you have the option of showing a list of all knots and providing how-to instructions side by side on the same screen.
Unique Strengths: The Fishing Knots Lite app contains everything you need to know when tying your flies, hooks, or baits and lures! With pictograms and detailed descriptions, this is a must have for someone wanting to learn plenty of knots.
Provides users with detailed information about more than 100 knots. Knots are organized into over fifteen categories, including binding, climbing and sailing knots, and yes, fishing knots. Users can explore knots by name or category. Each knot even includes a description of how to use it, and a visual guide to tying the knot. You can save your favorite knots, read up on knot-tying lingo, and share their knot-tying work with others who use the app.
Unique Strengths: The Knot Guide app allows you to learn more than just fishing knots, even though their fishing knots section is very in-depth. As a fishermen, you may find yourself on a boat, knowing boating knots and sailing knots can be equally as important, and with the Knot Guide app, you’ll have access to these knots at the tip of your fingers.
Have you ever been able to tie a knot from a written description? It’s not as easy as it sounds… EVER! Trying to remember them all can be a nightmare! Lucky for you, there’s an app for that. The Animated Fishing Knots app comes packed with a boatload of useful fishing knots along with how to best use each one. Each knot is accompanied by an instructional video that makes it easy to learn, and relearn whenever necessary.
Unique Strengths: The Animated Fishing Knots app is full of fishing knots and instructional videos to walk you through each one. This app makes it easy to tie knots no matter who you are!
Is the ice thick enough, safe enough? Where are other ice anglers catching fish in your area? This app will help you answer this question and fish on the ice more confidently. Ice thickness is updated and reported on from other users using the app. Newer reports show up darker in color. After three days a report turns lighter to indicate it might be out of date. It’s very simple, just click plus sign to add an ice thickness report and it will auto-mark your location. Be safe out there!
Unique Strengths: Ice fishing specific, crowdsourced data. Very simple and easy to use.
Trolling Fishing Apps
Price: Free download, in app purchases ranging from $1.99-2.99 and lifetime package of $109.99
This is the Troller’s bible in an app. Use the information in this app to target fish at specific depths. This app will help you accurately predict the running depths of your favorite lures and diving devices. Better target fish you are seeing on your sonar while avoiding costly snagged lures. Once an angler has determined that a particular lure and lead length are effective at catching fish, you can search for other lures that achieve similar depths. The “Dive Curves” data made popular in the Precision Trolling book are incorporated to target fish at a certain depth that you are seeing on your sonar unit.
Unique Strengths: Helps trollers put more lures in the strike zone.
Fishing barometer apps
Price: Free or Pro upgrade for $1.99
A straightforward barometric pressure app to help you track barometric pressure on the water or wherever you are. See trend charts of the last 30 days. Note that the fishing barometer is only available after the pro upgrade. Uses the barometric pressure sensor found in many of the newer iPhones and iPads from Apple.
Unique Strengths: Simple and accurate. Works without cell service.