The invention of the world's very first trolling motor by a man by the name of Mr. O. G. Schmidt in 1934 sparked the creation of the prominent Minn Kota brand, named for the original company's close proximity to the borders of MINNesota and North DaKOTA. Over 75 years later, Minn-Kota has grown to become one of the top manufacturers in the electric trolling motors industry and is now currently owned and operated by the Johnson Outdoors Company. Renowned for the innovation, advanced technology and quality poured into each individual product, Minn Kota continues to impress all.
Minn-Kota offers a wide range of electric trolling motors and marine accessories for making fishing more accessible than ever before.
What are Trolling Motors?
Trolling motors utilize battery/electric power, making them a quiet alternative to larger engines. This in turn reduces the disturbance the motor creates in the water, making them ideal for trolling. In additon, their small propellers can be lifted from the water to reduce drag when a larger engine is used for propulsion.
When shopping for your next Minn-Kota Trolling Motor, it is important to take into consideration the many characteristics trolling motors can offer including usage in saltwater or freshwater, transom mount or bow mount, thrust levels, steering and shaft length. To find your perfect Minn-Kota Trolling Motor, see below for detailed explanations.
Why use Minn-Kota Trolling Motors?
Minn-Kota Weedless Wedge
Minn Kota has created the only prop that is truly 100% weedless. Patented, swept-back design pushes weeds away, allowing you to effortlessly pass through at any speed, conserving valuable battery power.
Breaks Away on Impact
Minn Kota motors break away from any direction, protecting your motor, shaft and boat. Get uninterrupted fishing as the motor automatically resets itself. There is no need to lean over the bow of the boat to reset your motor.
Indestructible Composite Shaft - Guaranteed for Life
The ultra high-yield composite material has been designed and tested to be three times the strength of steel. Virtually indestructible, it flexes on impact and then returns to its original position. Unlike steel, it will not kink, break, rust or corrode, and it's guaranteed for life.
Incredibly Quiet Operation
Each Minn Kota Motor is designed with extra large windings and commutators whose primary function is to disperse heat, resulting in operation that is far cooler. This design when paired with a reduced amount of friction decreases the intensity of sound the motor creates, allowing you to sneak up on fish with incredible ease.
Types of Minn-Kota Trolling Motors
Saltwater vs. Freshwater Trolling Motors
Saltwater Trolling Motors
Minn-Kota Saltwater Trolling Motors have been specially designed to endure the damaging effects of saltwater with inclusive details such as stainless steel hardware, a durable corrosion resistant paint job and sealed electrical connections. These precautions help keep Minn Kota Saltwater Trolling Motors performing at their maximum capacities for years to come. As a note of caution, Minn Kota Saltwater Trolling Motors should only be used in saltwater for maximum life expectancy. Varieties include the following:
- Riptide SP Saltwater Bow Mount
- Riptide ST Saltwater Bow Mount
- Riptide SM Saltwater Bow Mount
- Riptide SF Saltwater Bow Mount
- Riptide SE Saltwater Bow Mount
- Riptide Saltwater Transom Mount
Freshwater Trolling Motors
A few varieties of Minn-Kota Freshwater Trolling Motors include the weedless wedge 2 feature, which can come in handy when plowing through weeds and other thick grasses while out on the lake. The Wedge 2 helps to push aside such material, thus reducing the amount that should get caught up in your motor which can greatly affect its performance. As a note of caution, Minn Kota Freshwater Trolling Motors should only be used in freshwater for maximum life expectancy. Varieties include the following:
- Endura Freshwater Transom Mount
- Traxxis Freshwater Transom Mount
- Edge Freshwater Bow Mount
- Pontoon Freshwater Bow Mount
- Maxxum Freshwater Bow Mount
- Powerdrive V2 Freshwater Bow Mount
- Fortrex Freshwater Bow Mount
- Terrova Freshwater Bow Mount
- Camo Freshwater 55/ Waterfowl
Transom Mount vs. Bow Mount Trolling Motors
Transom Mount Trolling Motors
Minn-Kota Transom Mount Trolling Motors are installed on the back of the boat and "push" the boat along in the water. In addition, Transom Mount Trolling Motors are easily removed from one boat to be used on another. For boats under 14 feet in length, Transom Mounted Trolling Motors work very well as secondary propulsion systems.
Bow Mount Trolling Motors
Minn-Kota Bow Mount Trolling motors are designed to be mounted on the bow of the boat and are intended to "pull" the boat along through the water while simultaneously giving you the ability to control, position and maneuver the boat with ease. Moving the bow of the boat is far easier than moving the transom, thus adding to this trolling motor's ease of use. Bow Mount Trolling Motors are recommended for use on boats with lengths of over 14 feet. For quick response boat control, nothing quite measures up to Bow Mount Trolling Motors.
Minn-Kota Trolling Motor Characteristics
The thrust of a trolling motor is crucial for powering through heavy currents and wind. The amount of thrust you want also depends on the size of your boat and the weight you intend on carrying in your boat, such as people, fishing gear, etc. Generally speaking, it is recommended that the stronger the currents and winds are and the heavier the weight of your boat is, the more thrust you want to propel your boat. Minn-Kota offers trolling motors with thrust levels ranging from 30 to 160.
Minn-Kota Trolling Motors are available in a variety of steering options including foot control, hand control or remote control. The steering option you choose is really primarily based off of your preferred fishing style. Many fisherman favor operating their trolling motors with their hands free for fishing so an ideal choice for them would be the foot control steering. However, hand control steering allows for a more rapid response for quicker maneuvering capabilities than foot control. In addition, remote control steering enables control over the speed and direction of your boat from anywhere on board. Again, it all comes down to preference.
Choosing the correct length of shaft of your trolling motor begins with understanding that generally speaking, the shaft length is more important on a bow mounted trolling motor due to the fact that there is a higher amount of variation in shaft length between different models.
In order to properly identify the correct length of shaft needed, measure from the mounting surface of the transom or bow down to the level of water. For rough water conditions, add 5 inches to the waterline measurement. For standing hand control steering, add 12 inches to this measurement. Another tip to consider is the rule of thumb that the motor section center should be submerged about 9 inches underwater.
Minn-Kota manufactures props that work with your existing Minn-Kota Trolling Motors for effective simultaneous propulsion and vegetation removal. Selected models of Minn Kota propellers offer the unique weedless wedge feature that is designed to sweep away thick weeds and brush without draining the battery. Varieties include the following:
- Power Propeller
- Weedless Wedge Propeller
- Weedless Wedge 2 Propeller
Minn-Kota Battery Chargers
Minn-Kota offers a variety of battery charger styles to choose from including on board and portable chargers. To determine which battery charger is right for you, first consider the number of charging banks that will be necessary up to 4 banks. Understand that one battery is needed for every 12 volts in your trolling motor and one charging bank is needed for every battery. Once this is resolved, decide on the amount of amps per bank you want up to 60 amps. Batteries will charge at a faster rate with a higher amount of amps being released from the charging bank. Utilize this information to select your perfect battery charger.
Minn-Kota Foot Pedals
Minn-Kota Foot Pedals enable anglers to utilize the benefit of hands free foot control steering, enabling you to simultaneously handle fishing and other things while steering the boat. Foot Pedals are available for the following Minn-Kota trolling motors:
- PowerDrive V2
- Riptide SP
- Riptide ST