Whether you're fishing in your favorite lake, river, or pond, you need a quality pair of sunglasses to cut through the glare and help you spot fish. Our Sports Opticians have narrowed down various lenses to determine the best polarized lenses for freshwater fishing, so be sure to keep reading to discover their features.

Table of Contents

A. Video Review
B. Best Polarized Sunglass Lenses for Freshwater Fishing
Costa 580 Green Mirror
Oakley PRIZM Shallow Water
Wiley X CAPTIVATE Polarized Bronze Mirror
Maui Jim HCL Bronze
C. Prescription Polarized Freshwater Fishing Sunglasses at SportRx

Video Review

Best Polarized Sunglass Lenses for Freshwater Fishing

Costa 580 Green Mirror

First up is a SportRx staple, Costa 580 lens tech. 580 is an icon in the fishing world for its amazing color and contrast and also has a variety of tints and mirrors. For freshwater fishing, we recommend the green mirror.


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Costa Fantail Pro in Matte Black with Green Mirror 580 Lenses

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Costa 580 Green Mirror Key Features:

  • Copper base tint + green mirror
  • Has a rose hue when you look through it
  • Visible Light Transmission (VLT): 10%
  • Available in prescription

Oakley PRIZM Shallow Water

Next in the lineup are Oakley's PRIZM technology adapted for fishing in the form of PRIZM Shallow Water. PRIZM excels at manipulating the light spectrum to enhance the colors specific to your environment, so the Shallow Water lens is perfect for freshwater fishing.

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Oakley Split Shot in Polished Black with PRIZM Shallow Water Polarized Lenses

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Oakley PRIZM Shallow Water Key Features:

  • Rose base tint
  • VLT: 16-20%
  • Not yet available in prescription

Wiley X CAPTIVATE Polarized Bronze Mirror

Not only do Wiley X CAPTIVATE™ lenses enhance color and contrast, they're all ANSI-rated! For freshwater fishing, we suggest the Bronze Mirror due to its focus on separating blues and yellows to enhance your vision.

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Wiley X Climb in Gloss Tortoise with Captivate Polarized Bronze Mirror lens

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Wiley X CAPTIVATE™ Polarized Bronze Mirror Key Features:

  • Copper base tint + bronze mirror
  • Reduces blue light to improve reds, greens, and yellows
  • Reduces yellow light to improve yellows
  • ANSI Z87.1 certified
  • VLT: 15% (+/- 3%)
  • Available in prescription

Maui Jim HCL Bronze

Last but certainly not least is one of Maui Jim's PolarizedPlus2® lenses. All of their tints are superb, but we recommend the HCL Bronze tint for freshwater fishing due to the extra contrast it provides.

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Maui Jim Haleakala in Matte Black with HCL Bronze Lenses

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Maui Jim HCL Bronze Key Features:

  • Bronze base tint
  • High Contrast Lens—it's in the name!
  • Available in prescription

Prescription Polarized Freshwater Fishing Sunglasses at SportRx

Need prescription polarized freshwater fishing sunglasses? Done. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, Contact Us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your prescription polarized freshwater fishing sunglasses.

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