Updated September 24, 2018 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Fishing Backpacks

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in February of 2016. Every angler will tell you the same thing: you won’t have a successful day of fishing if you’re not equipped with the right gear. Of course, transporting all that gear to the water is another issue entirely. Luckily, these fishing backpacks provide a convenient and practical way to store your tackle and get it to your destination, so you'll be prepared for whatever the day brings. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best fishing backpack on Amazon.

10. Anglatech Combo

9. Lixada Utility

8. Glacier Glove River

7. Wild River Camo

6. Maxcatch Vest Pack

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5. Blisswill Outdoor

3. Custom Leathercraft WT3605

2. Spiderwire SPB006

1. Custom Leathercraft Multi-Tackle

When It's Finally Time For Some Fishing

For others, fishing means catching fresh, nutritious, and delicious food we can enjoy in the context of a camping trip, or simply to bring home as a fine meal.

The fishing trip is a hallowed institution of American culture; when a person "goes fishing," he or she is taking time to be away from the demands of the daily grind, unencumbered by work, bills, chores, or the myriad distractions with which we clutter our lives.

For some of us, a fishing trip offers the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of solitude, or it can mean enjoying the company of friends and family in a new and exciting setting. For others, fishing means catching fresh, nutritious, and delicious food we can enjoy in the context of a camping trip, or simply to bring home as a fine meal.

Whatever "going fishing" means for you -- whether that means an idle afternoon spent casting a line off the side of a dock or wading out into the gently flowing waters of a river or stream, or if it means cutting a hole in the ice to drop your line or setting long lines behind an ocean going boat -- it's important that you have the right gear and bait. Trying to catch a saltwater Striped Bass with a fly fishing rod will be about as productive as trying to catch a bear with a mousetrap, after all.

Especially for those types of fishing that require specialized lures, hooks, and other accoutrement, such as for comes with using a jigging rod and bait, it is important not only that you have the right supplies, but also that you manage and maintain your equipment and bait properly. Proper planning and organization prior to your fishing trip can help you get the most relaxation and enjoyment out of the outing once you're out there by (or in) the water.

Storing your hooks, sinkers, floats, lures and bait in purpose built trays that keep everything separated and easy to access is a great way to minimize frustration and maximize enjoyment during a fishing trip. Keeping those trays, along with the rest of your gear, in a backpack purpose built to handle fishing supplies is an even better way to make the trip a pleasure.

Choosing The Best Fishing Backpack For You

The type of fish you're after will be the defining factor when it comes to choosing a fishing backpack. If you're going deep water fishing for ocean fish, then go ahead and choose a large backpack you can load with lots of gear, as you'll almost surely be tucking your bag away in a cabin or under the gunwales of the boat anyway.

For fishing out of a canoe or smaller flat bottom boat, a larger fishing backpack is a great choice.

If, however, you're going to be wading through a river for hours on end in pursuit of elusive freshwater fish, then it's important that you have all your gear on your person, and with the weight evenly distributed and easy access assured, no less.

For the fisherman who is heading out into the forest or wetlands for an afternoon standing in a river, a fishing backpack with plenty of pouches on the front is a must have. These options allow you to access spare hooks, fresh bait, new lines, and even a snack for yourself without you having to move much at all, which means less chance of scaring off fish.

These packs also distribute weight evenly for hours of comfort with minimal soreness and stiffness. However, those bulky front pockets can impede a clean long cast, so weigh the benefits of easy access to lures and supplies against the potential limitation to mobility.

For fishing out of a canoe or smaller flat bottom boat, a larger fishing backpack is a great choice. These packs allow you unfettered movement while preparing and launching your boat, and most are reliable waterproof and can protect your gear (and your extra clothing and your lunch) against slashing or even the unfortunate event that they end up overboard. And if you choose to load those cooler compartments with beer instead of extra bait, that's your prerogative.

Your Fishing Backpack Beyond The Fishing Trip

As it just so happens, the compartment configuration of most fishing backpacks also makes them great for use in myriad other applications. Many fishing backpacks offer an ergonomic design that distributes the weight load well enough to be used during a hike, so if you are planning a trip that involves overland travel and fishing, enjoy the best of both worlds with one of these options.

And don't forget about that handy waterproof and insulted pocket built into many fishing backpacks the next time you plan a picnic or barbecue.

For a wilderness outing that will involve both hiking and fishing, another option is to choose one of the more compact suspender style fishing backpacks that can be folded and tucked away down into your larger hiking backpack when emptied. If you use a small enough fishing backpack to bring along in your larger pack, then you don't need to try to make one bag serve double duty.

Fishing backpacks can also be used to tote tools and hardware to a worksite, so if your day job involves hammers, nails, screws, and wrenches and on the weekends you switch gears for some fishing, consider a backpack that can serve both as mobile tool box and as fisherman's kit depending on how it is loaded. (The same trays that organize hooks and sinkers can keep nuts and bolts separated and ready for easy access, too.)

And don't forget about that handy waterproof and insulted pocket built into many fishing backpacks the next time you plan a picnic or barbecue. You can bring along fresh, chilled foods in comfort and you can easily keep the rest of your condiments and fixings sorted thanks to the many pockets and pouches in your fishing backpack.

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Sam Kraft
Last updated on September 24, 2018 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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