I just picked up a Garmin 73SV UHD. I am considering getting the ice fishing kit that includes the PS22 panoptix transducer, but it's a pretty hefty investment. I don't believe I want livescope, I just want to know that the fish are there and don't want to lug 20lbs of gear around with the bigger battery and black box. I was hoping someone had one or had used on and could tell me if they're effective for fish other than schooling fish like perch and bluegill. I love perch fishing, but there just aren't many good areas near Metro Denver that I know of, so I end up fishing for walleye and trout. I'm concerned that I won't be satisfied with it as I've read it can be hard to see fish along the bottom where trout and walleye would normally be. Anyone have any experience to share? I think I might get out once or twice more this year, so I may put of the purchase until next season and see if the ice kit goes on sale.
Any thoughts advice would be appreciated!