3 men fishing on a 2019 Alumacraft

Choosing a Fishing Boat

If you’ve recently decided it’s time to invest in a fishing boat, there are many on-water adventures waiting for you. However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind before you take the plunge. After all, there are various types of fishing boats to choose from. Your final decision will depend on many different factors, including the type of fishing you plan to do and what your budget restrictions are. Don’t worry, LaCanne’s Marine is here to help. We’ve provided this guide to choosing the right boat.

When you’re ready to browse models, visit our dealership in Faribault, MN located on Wells Lake, with on-water access 50 miles South of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We’ve got an impressive selection of products, including Alumacraft and Smoker Craft fishing boats for sale.

Types of Fishing

One of the most critical factors to consider is the type of fishing you’ll do. Freshwater fishing focuses on fish found in shallow water, such as catfish and bass. This requires a lightweight boat with a long tail or surface drive motor. On the other hand, saltwater fishing focuses on fish found in deep water where the waves are rougher. Sturdy aluminum boats can handle a beating, but remember that this level of durability will cost more. Think about whether you plan to use your craft for other activities, like watersports of casual cruising. If you have other activities in mind then you’ll want a fishing boat that offers seating options, like a multi-purpose pontoon boat.

Setting a Budget

As you plan your budget, don’t forget that the full cost doesn’t conclude at the sticker price. You’ll also need to account for operational costs, like fuel, gear, insurance, parts, storage, and so on. Don’t blow your entire budget on the boat alone. It’s best to think about the bigger picture when you’re setting a budget and figuring out how much money you’re willing to invest.

When you’re ready to find the perfect fishing boat, stop by LaCanne’s Marine in Faribault, MN. We’re located on Wells Lake, with on-water access 50 miles South of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We’re proud to offer a wide range of industry-leading brands you know and love, like Alumacraft and Smoker Craft.