Humminbird 561 DI Review in 2024 – Fish Finder

Humminbird 561 DI Review

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The Humminbird 561 brings you powerful fish finding on a low budget. It’s generous 5″ display can be viewed from any angle and even in bright sunlight, so no matter where you take your boat, you will be able to see everything very clearly! Even though the screen is black-and-white, bottom, structure, and fish echoes will show up very nicely. Delivering 500W of power and a 20/60 beam angle, you can see as far down as 500 feet – so no fish will escape you!

The 561 will work fine in both freshwater and saltwater, but considering the power rating, it would perform much better in freshwater. It is a great choice for fishing in lakes, rivers, and ponds – and it installs very easily, too. The tilt-and-swivel mount can snap your fish finder on and off with ease – making it very easy to store when you are not using it, too.

If you are a novice user, you can even turn on the Fish ID+ feature, which takes most of the guesswork out of choosing what is a fish and what is something else – the fish finder’s internal software will determine which echo is most likely a fish and display a little fish symbol on it.

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With Down Imaging, you can see every branch on a submerged tree – that’s how powerful it is! Down Imaging is an excellent way to really zoom in on a target once you have found a spot that looks promising with your 200 kHz SONAR. See the bottom, structure, submerged objects, schools of fish, rocks, and anything else just as you would if you were actually diving underwater! The 561 DI brings you this powerful technology at an incredibly affordable price – and it will really revolutionize your fishing trips!


  • SwitchFire Sonar
  • HumminbirdPC
  • Upgradeable Internal Software
  • Split Screen Zoom
  • Large Digits View
  • Custom View Selections
  • Custom Digital Readout Selections
  • Selective Fish ID+
  • Real Time Sonar
  • Sonar Echo Enhancement
  • Triplog
  • X-Press. Menu System

Humminbird 561


  • Sonar – Standard: Down Imaging® – Dual Beam PLUS™
  • Sonar Coverage: 16°, 28°,45° & 75° @ -10db
  • Temperature: Included
  • Speed: Optional
  • Mount: Quick Disconnect
  • Power Input: 10-20VDC


  • 561 DI display
  • Mounting bracket
  • XNT-9-DI-T Transom mount transducer
  • Installation hardware
  • Owner’s manual

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Shane Baker

Shane Baker

My name is Shane Baker and when I am not with my family or working here I am out fishing! I caught my first fish when I was 6 – it was a trout at a stocked pond here in TX. Ever since fishing has been a passion of mine!

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