Trying to find a backpack for fishing can be a nightmare. Scrolling through Amazon, Bass Pro, and other outlets can be a never-ending abyss with nothing that actually fits your needs. When it comes to selecting the best fishing backpack for you, it really comes down to your style and needs. For that reason, I’ve compiled a list of the best fishing backpacks for every type of fisherman.
I’ve certainly tried my fair share of backpacks for fishing. From the shoulder strap for the light packer/on-the-move style to the bigger fishing backpacks that hold a rod or two in the side, even to some 50L+ backpacks that I converted into fishing backpacks. After all the searching, trying, and returning, I’ve come to a decent conclusion for the best fishing backpacks that will likely be updated over time as better products come out.
Best Fishing Backpacks
Best For "On-The-Move"
Backpack to Hold Your Rods
Heavy Duty Backpack To Hold Everything!
For the classic light line angler who keeps his bag over his/her shoulder.
Extremely comfortable shoulder strap
Holds 2 tackle boxes (comes with one)
Holds up to (4) 3600 size tackle boxes
Hold 3 rods easily and maybe 4 if you squeeze
Plenty of pockets and comfy back and shoulder padding
Not designed for fishing but this is what I use for reasons listed below
Fits 4 3600 size tackle boxes in the lap top section.
Can hold 3-4 rods in side pocket if you attach a bungee to the backpack handle
The SpiderWire Sling Fishing Backpack is a 15 L “over the shoulder” style fishing backpack. It’s perfect for the on-the-move angler who wants to cover ground during a session. When it comes to the shoulder strap style fishing backpacks, comfort is key because you’ll likely be wearing them for hours at a time. I’ve tried a few and a strap with padding like this one is a lifesaver in comparison to a strap without padding. Let’s take a look at the list of features:
Comfortable/padded shoulder strap
Holds 2 medium-sixed tackle boxes (10-11″) – comes with one
Many anglers prefer a fishing backpack that will hold their rod or multiple rods. For my needs, it’s almost a requirement to even be considered one of the best backpacks for fishing. For those of you who need a backpack to hold your fishing rod, I present to you, KastKing.
The KastKing Fishing Backpack is likely the one that’ll be the best fit for most fishermen. If you aren’t looking to keep your backpack on at all times, and you like to bring a few tackle boxes, some tools, and fit a hoodie and some snacks, this is what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at some of the features:
Built in rod storage with fasteners on side (can fit atleast 2 rods… likely 3)
Tough and water resistant
Fits (4) 3600 size tackle boxes but does not come with the purchase. Can by your own or purchase them with the bag.
Waist strap and chect buckles
Additional pockets and compartments
Dimensions – 21.25″ x 13.4″ x 9.25″
For a full list of specs and detail and a video review, click here
The laptop backpack turned fishing backpack by Veckuson is yet another option. I know, I know, it’s not a “fishing backpack”, so what’s it doing on a list of “the 3 best fishing backpacks”. The answer, because I have unique needs when it comes to fishing and realistically, I should design my own bag. But, I figure I can’t be the only one.
Besides the fact that I’m a licensed guide who takes people out fishing for a living and therefore, needs to ensure proper gear, backup gear, tackle, first aid, etc., I like to be prepared and have options when I’m down at the beach. I regularly bring a shark rod (or two) and two light rods just for myself. With clients, those numbers usually increase. I also like to have 4 tackle boxes on me, a sweatshirt, and much more. In fact, somewhere in this article, I list nearly everything I bring to a typical session. But, lets’ take a look at the specs here:
Dimensions (in) 22x17x10
Large Capacity and USB charging port (nice if you have a portable battery and need to charge up a GoPro or phone)
Lap top storage can fit (4) 3600 size tackle boxes
Main pocket has multiple slide pockets that allows for really good storage and organization
Second main pocket similar to first
Awesome external storage with buckles that I keep my hoodie in
Well padded straps and back
If you attach a bungee with a couple of s-hooks to the backpack handle, you can use the side pockets to slide your rods in and use the bungee to fasten them in. I can carry 5 light rods or 2 shark rods and 2 light rods.
I hope this helps you guys when you’re trying to find a backpack for fishing… whatever your style and needs are. Finding the best fishing backpack had been one of the more frustrating things for me to find, so I thought I’d share. As always, let me know if you guys have any questions in the comments. I’m happy to help.