His name can be seen on countless numbers of fishing boats, including thousands in North Dakota, and now it can be seen at the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Darrell Lowrance, the man who played a leading role in producing the first portable sonar device for fishermen, was among three men inducted in the prestigious organization during the Bassmaster Classic Tournament Feb. 22 in Tulsa, Okla.
Along with his father, Carl, and brother Arlen, Lowrance developed the famous "Green Box" that was introduced to fishermen in 1959. The locator revolutionized the fishing industry. Lowrance sonar units have since evolved into some of the most sophisticated and sought-after equipment by fishermen of all species. Lowrance joins 47 others in the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. He retired from Lowrance Electronics in 2007.
Two others inducted along with Lowrance were legendary guide Jack Wingate of Bainbridge, Ga., and tournament fisherman Mike Folkestad of Orange, Calif.
The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is currently located in the Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Ark. The hall has designed a new building and grounds to house a growing number of displays but a permanent site for the facility has not yet been announced.