Minn Kota – How We Pushed the Trolling Motor Game for Over 86 Years

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 Dec 24th, 2021 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Dec 24th, 2021 at 3:42 PM

You can’t develop the world’s best trolling motor over night, but you learn a lot when you make them across nine decades.

Like how to build one that lasts. One that makes your boat easier to control. One that takes the hassles and distractions out of your hands so you can focus on what you’re casting out, what you’re reeling in, and what you went out for.

A few things may have changed in the trolling motor world over the last 86 years, but the one thing that stays the same is our continued commitment to innovative technologies that make your days on the water even more memorable.

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TROLLING MOTORS WITH A TRACK RECORD

1934 – The First Electric Trolling Motor


The OG Schmidt – World’s First Electric Trolling Motor

1968 – The First Foot-Operated Electric Steer Remote Control

First low-profile cable steer foot control trolling motor

First Microprocessor-controlled self-steering electric trolling motor (AutoPilot⁰™)


First All-Direction Impact-Absorbing, breakaway mount system (Bowguard 360™)

First Trolling Motor with Integrated transducer compatible with major fish finder brands (Universal Sonar)

First Cable Steer Trolling Motor with Gas-Charged Spring for Stow and Deploy (Lift-Assist on Maxxum® Pro)

First Wireless Remote Controlled GPS Trolling Motor (i-Pilot®)

First to utilize GPS technology in a trolling motor (Spot-Lock™)


First GPS trolling motor that communicates with a Humminbird fish finder (i-Pilot® Link™)

First cable-steer motor with Power Steering and Spot-Lock (Ultrex)

First GPS trolling motor that communicates with a Humminbird fish finder (i-Pilot® Link™)

At Minn Kota we never stop innovating, so be sure to check back to see the all the new ways we’re working to improve your days on the water.

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