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The Best Kayak Trolling Motor

Last Updated on January 21, 2021

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A kayak trolling motor is a great choice for those looking to cover a lot water.  Kayak trolling motors are especially useful for fishing in both freshwater and salt water.  When combined with a kayak fish finder, anglers can move around quickly and identify fishing spots with less effort than paddling.

Minn Kota Endura C2 40 Kayak Trolling Motor

The Minn Kota Endura is the most popular trolling motor on the water and is built to explore, built to last, and trusted to reliably, consistently driving you to the fish.  We think this is the best kayak trolling motor because of the value of the motor as well as the power and size.  The C2 40 has 40 lbs. of thrust but with a smaller housing than the 50 or 55 lb. thrust models.  The power of this motor is perfect for most size kayaks and it’s smaller size is better for those looking for compact gear for their kayak.

Features:
Lever Lock Bracket: This solid 10-position bracket features a quick-release lever lock and reinforced composite material that resists flexing, warping, and UV damage.
Telescoping Tiller: Get easy, comfortable, intuitive operation of your trolling motor with the six-inch telescoping tiller.
Shaft: 36 Inch
5 Fwd/3 Rev Speed Settings: Five speed settings for forward and three speed settings for reverse.
Power Prop: For 3-1/4″ motor diameters, this prop delivers extra power to push throw heavy vegetation. Includes prop pin, nut and washer.
Indestructible Composite Shaft — Guaranteed for Life: At the core of your Minn Kota trolling motor is an indestructible composite shaft. It’s a Minn Kota exclusive, and we guarantee it for life.
Cool, Quiet Power: Every Minn Kota lower unit runs cool to extend trolling motor life, and stays quiet.

Newport Vessels Kayak Series 55lb Trolling Motor

The kayak trolling motor by Newport Vessels is designed with kayak anglers in mind. This is the first kayak specific motor on the market to offer good performance in a reliable, well produced package, at an affordable price.  The 55lbs. of thrust is useful on rivers or tidal waters.

The Kayak Series trolling motors build on the tried and true design of the NV Series trolling motors, featuring a height adjustable 24-inch shaft for correct depth placement. It uses extended cabling to provide for flexible battery placement, ensuring compatibility with all transom mount kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats.

Five forward speeds and three reverse speeds allow for a smooth and efficient ride. The five LED light battery indicator shows the current charge of the battery, allowing the user to estimate the remaining runtime. The kayak trolling motor comes with a durable propeller, balancing efficiency and power for optimal performance.

Kayak Series Electric Trolling Motor (24″ Shaft)
Propeller: 3 Blade – Large (55lb)

Propeller Installation Hardware: Drive-Pin, Washer, Tightening Nut and Spanner/Wrench
Circuit Breaker: 50A (55lb)

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 Kayak Trolling Motor

Slightly smaller than our top pick, the Endura C2 30 is another great option for a kayak trolling motor.  The C2 30 has 30 lbs. of thrust but with a smaller housing than the 40 lb. thrust model.  This motor still has enough power for many kayaks but might run a little lower on battery life if you’re looking to cover larger bodies of water

Features:
Lever Lock Bracket: This solid 10-position bracket features a quick-release lever lock and reinforced composite material that resists flexing, warping, and UV damage.
Telescoping Tiller: Get easy, comfortable, intuitive operation of your trolling motor with the six-inch telescoping tiller.
Shaft: 30 Inch
5 Fwd/3 Rev Speed Settings: Five speed settings for forward and three speed settings for reverse.
Power Prop: For 3-1/4″ motor diameters, this prop delivers extra power to push throw heavy vegetation. Includes prop pin, nut and washer.
Indestructible Composite Shaft — Guaranteed for Life: At the core of your Minn Kota trolling motor is an indestructible composite shaft. It’s a Minn Kota exclusive, and we guarantee it for life.
Cool, Quiet Power: Every Minn Kota lower unit runs cool to extend trolling motor life, and stays quiet.

Watersnake 24 Pound Thrust 12V Kayak Trolling Motor

If you’re looking for a lightweight and portable trolling kayak trolling motor, this is a great option.  Weighing only 6.7 lbs., this trolling motor is ideal for traveling around with your kayak, especially if you need to carry your kayak out to the water. The adjustable transom mount fitting makes for easy attachment and has an anti-impact clip system. There is also an optional bracket mount specific to kayaks, however, some users have reported issues with this bracket mount so we’d recommend only purchasing if you’re familiar with DIY type of projects.

Features:
Universal design suitable for most kayaks and canoes
Adjustable transom mount fitting
Anti-impact clip system
High and low speed control, speeds: 2/2
Forward and reverse switch
Extendable hand tiller steering
Thrust: 24lb
Volts: 12V
Amps: 9-20
Shaft: 24″ (61cm) Transom
Prop: 2 Blade, weedless design

Minn Kota Endura C2 50 Kayak Trolling Motor

If you’re only considering Minn Kota because of brand recognition and the quality that comes with the Minn Kota brand, and you’re looking for extra power because you kayak in rivers or tidal water, consider the Endura C2 50.  It’s perfect for those who want to get their kayak to spots quickly or cover a lot of water quickly.

Features:
Lever Lock Bracket: This solid 10-position bracket features a quick-release lever lock and reinforced composite material that resists flexing, warping, and UV damage.
Telescoping Tiller: Get easy, comfortable, intuitive operation of your trolling motor with the six-inch telescoping tiller.
Shaft: 36 Inch
5 Fwd/3 Rev Speed Settings: Five speed settings for forward and three speed settings for reverse.
Power Prop: For 3-1/4″ motor diameters, this prop delivers extra power to push throw heavy vegetation. Includes prop pin, nut and washer.
Indestructible Composite Shaft — Guaranteed for Life: At the core of your Minn Kota trolling motor is an indestructible composite shaft. It’s a Minn Kota exclusive, and we guarantee it for life.
Cool, Quiet Power: Every Minn Kota lower unit runs cool to extend trolling motor life, and stays quiet.