I love fishing. While some people prefer a motorboat to get around fast, I like the peace and quiet that comes with paddling a canoe. Canoes are also relatively easy to transport and require little maintenance. For fishing from a canoe, there are a few essential accessories you’ll need to bring along.
1. Fishing pole
I bring two fishing poles with me whenever I go canoe fishing. I like to have one pole for trolling and another for casting. You never know when you’ll get a bite, so it’s always good to have a backup.
2. Rod holder
A rod holder is essential for keeping your poles in place. I like to have one-rod holder near the front of the canoe and another near the back. That way, I can fish from anywhere in the canoe.
A tackle box is essential for storing your lures, hooks, and line. I have a few tackle boxes and take the one that best fits the type of fish I’m hoping to catch. I like to have a variety of lures on hand so I can try different techniques until I find what works.
4. Life jacket
A life jacket is a must-have when canoe fishing. Make sure it fits snugly and is comfortable to wear. Even if you’re a strong swimmer, wearing a life jacket will give you peace of mind if you tip over.
5. Personal floatation device
A personal floatation device, or PFD, is another essential piece of safety gear when canoe fishing. You may think you won’t need it, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. I like to have a PFD with many pockets so that I can store gear like my sunscreen, insect repellent, and snacks.
A whistle is a crucial safety accessory when canoe fishing, as it can signal for help if you’re in trouble. Please attach it to your life jacket or PFD so it’s always within reach. I keep one on both.
An anchor is necessary to keep your canoe in place while you fish. I like to use a small collapsible anchor that I can easily store in my canoe. Be careful not to anchor in a place where you might get snagged on underwater obstacles.
A cooler is essential for keeping your catch fresh. I like to bring a small cooler to keep my fish on ice until I’m ready to clean them. I never use my fish cooler for anything else, so it doesn’t get smelly.
9. First-aid kit
It’s always a good idea to bring a first-aid kit when you’re canoeing in case you or your fishing partner get hurt. Make sure it supplies minor injuries like cuts and scrapes and more serious ones like broken bones. Please keep it in a waterproof bag in case you tip over.
I have a flashlight for canoe fishing at night or in low-light conditions. You’ll need it to see your gear and to signal for help if you get lost. Be sure to pack extra batteries if your flashlight runs out of power.
11. Seat cover
I always bring a seat cover for my canoe. Fishing can be a messy sport, and I don’t want to ruin my seat. A seat cover also provides extra padding, making it more comfortable to sit in the canoe for long periods.
Never skip the sunscreen. The sun can be harsh, and I don’t want to be sunburned. I like to use spray sunscreen so I can easily reach my back.
13. Bug spray
Bug spray is a must-have when canoe fishing in the summer. Mosquitoes and other insects can be a nuisance, and I don’t want them ruining my time in the water.
I always wear a hat when I go canoe fishing. It helps keep the sun out of my eyes and cool my head. I like to bring a hat with a brim to see what I’m doing efficiently.
15. Polarized sunglasses
Polarized sunglasses when I go canoe fishing are a must. They help reduce glare so I can see into the water. They also provide UV protection for my eyes.
16. Water bottle
I drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months. When I’m in my canoe, I always bring a water bottle. I also use my water bottle to rinse my hands after handling fish.
I always have a towel on me when I’m fishing. I use it to dry my hands, face, and feet while I’m out there. If my seat cover becomes wet, I may also sit on it.
I always bring food with me when I go canoe fishing. When I’m done fishing, I like to eat something. Energy bars and trail mix are what I bring, but you can cheat a little and bring chips or some popcorn.
19. Garbage bag
When I go fishing, I always have a garbage bag with me. I use it to store my fish until I’m ready to clean them. I also use it to store any garbage I create while I’m out there. Be sure to pack out all your trash when you’re done fishing.
20. Fish Finder
If you’re serious about fishing, then you need a fish finder. I use a portable fish finder that I can attach to my canoe. It helps you locate fish in the water to increase your chances of catching something.
You need hooks to catch fish. I like to bring a variety of hooks with me so I can try different techniques. Don’t forget to pack extra hooks in case you lose some.
22. Hook sharpener
A hook sharpener is a handy tool to have with you. It helps keep your hooks sharp so they can penetrate the fish’s mouth more easily.
You need the line to attach your hooks to your rod. I like to bring a variety of lines with me so I can try different techniques. I buy this in bulk to save money.
Lures are used to attract fish. I like to bring a variety of lures with me so I can try different techniques. My favorite lures are the ones that resemble minnows.
Sinkers weigh your line, so your lure or bait gets to the fish. The size and type of sinker you use depend on the depth of the water and the fish you’re trying to catch. I like to bring a variety of sinkers to try different techniques.
Swivels are used to attach your line to your lure or bait. The size and type of swivel you use depend on the depth of the water and the fish you’re trying to catch. I like to bring a variety of swivels with me so I can try different techniques.
A net is helpful for landing fish. I like to have a small net so I can easily maneuver it in my canoe. If I lose or damage my primary net, I keep a backup net at home.
28. Fish grip
A fish grip is a tool that helps you hold on to a fish. I like to have one on hand in case I need it.
When I go fishing, I always bring a bucket. I use it to store my catch until I’m ready to clean them. I also use it to keep any bait I bring with me.
30. Deck Sprayskirt
A deck spray skirt is a must-have for canoe fishing in rough waters. It helps keep your boat dry and gives extra warmth in colder weather.
31. Wet Suit
You need a wetsuit for canoe fishing in cold weather. It helps keep you warm and dry while you’re in the water. Another option is to wear a dry suit, which is even better at keeping you dry.
I like to bring a thermos with me when I go canoe fishing. I fill it with hot coffee or tea to keep me warm in the morning. In the evening, I fill it with soup to eat for dinner.
33. Trolling motors
Sometimes, you need a little help to get around when canoe fishing. That’s where a trolling motor comes in. It attaches to the back of the canoe and helps you move around in the water.
34. Motor mount
If you use a trolling motor, you need a motor mount. I have a motor mount that I can remove when I’m not using the trolling engine. It attaches the trolling motor to the back of the canoe.
35. Fishing rod holder
If you’re going to be canoe fishing, you need a fishing rod holder. I have a fishing rod holder that I can attach to the side of my canoe. It helps you keep your rods organized and out of the way.
You need a paddle to canoe fish. My paddle is also my primary means of transportation if I have to portage my canoe. If I lose or damage my primary paddle, I like to bring a spare paddle.
37. Canoe rack
If you’re going to be canoe fishing, you need a canoe rack. I have a canoe rack I can attach to the roof of my car. It helps you transport your canoe.
38. Canoe trailer
If you’re going to be canoe fishing in a remote location, you may need a canoe trailer to help you get your boat there. Canoe trailers are also helpful if you have multiple canoes for transport.
39. Canoe cover
A canoe cover is a must-have for canoe fishing. It helps keep your canoe dry and protected from the elements. I have a couple of different sizes of canoe covers so that I can use them for other purposes.
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40. Dry sack
You need a dry sack if you want to keep your gear dry while canoe fishing. I have a variety of different sizes of dry sacks so that I can use them for different purposes.
41. Canoe seat pack
For canoe fishing, a canoe seat pack is required. It keeps your equipment organized and out of the way. I have one for each seat.
42. Tackle bin
A tackle bin is a must-have for canoe fishing. It helps keep your tackle organized and out of the way. I have a tackle bin that I can attach to the side of my canoe.
43. Anchor line management system
An anchor line management system is a must-have for canoe fishing. It helps keep your anchor line organized and out of the way. I have an anchor line management system that I can attach to the side of my canoe.
44. Paddle leash
A paddle leash is a must-have for canoe fishing. It helps keep your paddle from getting lost if you drop it overboard. I have a paddle leash I can attach to my canoe.
45. Flip-flops or water shoes
You need to wear flip-flops or water shoes when you go canoe fishing. They help keep your feet dry and protected from the elements.
46. Sweater/heavy jacket
You need a sweater or heavy jacket for canoe fishing in cold weather. It helps keep you warm and dry while you’re in the boat.
47. Rain Jacket
A rain jacket is a must-have for canoe fishing. It helps keep you dry and protected from the elements while you’re in the canoe. I have a rain jacket that I can wear over my other clothes.
48. Warm hat
You need a warm hat for canoe fishing in cold weather. It helps keep you warm and dry while you’re in the canoe. I have a warm hat that I can wear over my other clothes.
You need gloves for canoe fishing in cold weather. They help keep your hands warm and dry in the canoe. I have a pair of gloves that I can wear over my other clothes.
50. Thermal underwear
You need thermal underwear for canoe fishing in cold weather. They help keep you warm and dry while you’re in the canoe. I always wear them on early spring or fall mornings.
51. Boat tape
Quick fixes are essential on the water. I always keep a roll of boat tape in my canoe fishing kit for emergency repairs.
52. River knife
I always keep a river knife in my canoe fishing kit. It’s great for cutting line, cleaning fish, and a million other things.
53. Safe case
A safe case is a must-have for canoe fishing. It helps keep your valuables dry and protected from the elements while you’re in the canoe. I have a safe case that I can attach to the inside of my canoe for my keys.
I like to have a compass with me when I go canoe fishing. It’s great for navigation and can be a lifesaver if you get lost.
55. Canoe stabilizers
If you’re going to be canoe fishing in windy conditions, you may need canoe stabilizers. They help keep your canoe from tipping over in the wind. I have a set of stabilizers that I can attach to my canoe.
56. Wind sail
Get some assistance from Mother Nature with a wind sail. It helps you paddle in windy conditions by catching the wind and giving you a boost. I have a wind sail that I can attach to my canoe.