Ice Mode

Ice Mode is an operation mode that provides exclusive features and views made just for the ice angler and is available on HELIX 5 and 7 models. HELIX 8, 9 and 10 models with software version 2.280 or later also have ICE mode available. It provides customized readouts and displays that will prioritize information that is most important when fishing through the ice.

These features include:

  • Split-screen views of Flasher, 2D sonar and GPS
  • Dual Beam sonar (Non-CHIRP HELIX models)
  • Dual Spectrum CHIRP sonar (HELIX models with CHIRP)
  • CHIRP Interference Rejection (HELIX models with CHIRP)
  • Adjustable Sonar Zoom
  • Jig Charge Mode
  • Internal GPS and map views (GPS models only)
  • AutoChart Live Ice (GPS models only)
  • Digital depth readout
  • Battery status indicator
  • Adjustable color pallets
  • Adjustable screen brightness

Watch this video to see how to turn your HELIX into Ice Mode:


Although Ice Mode is the default operation setting for ICE HELIX fish finders, any HELIX 5, 7, 8, 9 or 10 model with the latest software update has the capability to flip between Ice Mode and Open Water Mode. This makes your Humminbird HELIX capable of becoming an all-season fish finder, when paired with the appropriate accessories, such as a Humminbird ice transducer or one of the Humminbird ICE PTC conversion kits.


Specific to ice fishing mode operation are certain ice fishing transducers which should be used while your HELIX fish finder is being used for ice fishing.


XI 9 20 ice transducers are compatible with HELIX 5, 7, 9 and 10 models without CHIRP sonar capabilities.


XI 9 1521 CHIRP ice transducer is the recommended ice transducer for any HELIX 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 model with CHIRP sonar (G2/G2N and newer) when fishing in Ice Mode.


How to Convert Your HELIX for Ice Fishing


Looking for more information on how to convert your Humminbird HELIX for ice fishing? Check out this short article for the details.

XI 9 19 ice transducer is only compatible with our ICE flasher products.  It is not compatible with any other products in our line up. 

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