The 10 Best Fishing Nets
This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in February of 2017. Nobody will believe your tale about your incredible catch unless you can prove it with photographic evidence. Using one of these handy fishing nets, you'll be able to land a big one easily and then snap a selfie to show off to all your buddies. We've included both standard and collapsible models in a range of styles and lengths, so there will be one to fit every angler's needs and budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
February 24, 2021:
Previously, this list was reserved solely for telescopic nets, which is why you'll notice that is the focus of our old editor's note. However, at this time we have decided to expand it more to also include traditional, non-expandable models like the Mounchain Landing to add more value to our readers. We realize that some people prefer traditional gear, and this model is probably very much like what your father or even your grandfather used in their day.
The Wakeman Retractable is another new addition, though it is a telescoping one. While we like that it is long enough at full extension to reach over the side of a boat or out past the water's edge if fishing from shore, the real reason it landed a spot is because of the flat bottom on the basket that makes for hassle-free removal of your catch.
Two other models that really stand out for smart designs are the Ego S2 Slider and Fiblink Folding. The former is interesting because it is a modular system that has more than 30 attachments to choose from, making it a very useful addition in any angler's arsenal. Some examples of the various attachments available are a desk brush, lure remover, and boat hook. The latter is ideal for those who fish from kayaks and canoes, or who simply prefer to travel light. This is because in addition to the pole collapsing, the frame of the net does too.
If you would rather not buy a separate ruler to measure your fish, or simply don't want to deal with having to remember one more piece of equipment, you'll like that both the KastKing Madbite and Measure Rubber have integrated rulers.
October 18, 2019:
Like a telescopic fishing pole, a telescopic fishing net can help save you some room, which makes transporting your gear just that much easier. But not to worry, as this feature doesn't come at the expense of usefulness or stability, qualities we've looked for as we've updated our choices. Many fishers won't be surprised to see Ranger or KastKing come out on top, as these are names that have appreciative followers for many reasons, quality and durability among them. We've also added an option from Ego at this time, the S2 Slider. It is offered in a wider array of net materials than many, and it boasts a modular design that lets you switch and change as needed. It's a little more expensive than many, but the clever construction is worth it for the serious. And, finally, we elected to add a kid's option, the Oddspro Nylon. It's not exactly a top-of-the-line model, but for younger children who might not be gentle on your gear, it's a good alternative.
Bass Pro Shops Gold Series Made expressly for catch-and-release, the Bass Pro Shops Gold Series is shallow with small-loop netting that should do no harm. The handle telescopes between 34 and 67 inches, and it feels balanced in the hand for ease of use. basspro.com
Tenkara Carbon Landing Net If you want something lightweight yet still very sturdy, the Tenkara Carbon Landing Net is for you. While you'll have to pay dearly for it, it's probably the last one you'll ever have to buy, as there is no reason it shouldn't last for decades. tenkararodco.com