Imagine you are enjoying an afternoon by the lake with nothing but the cool, blue waters staring back at you. A hint of sunshine playing through the leafy trees. With just the company of your fishing rod, with its line cast, and your trusted fishing backpack by your side, holding all that you’ll need for the day.
For many, fishing is a relaxing activity. Whether fishing alone or with someone, it allows you the chance to take a break from your routine and relax in the outdoors. Sitting under a tree on the shoreline, with nothing on your mind except the catch, is comparable to mindful meditation. Having a good fishing backpack to keep everything organized and easily accessible, ensures that fishing remains that enjoyable and relaxing experience.
As more and more people turn towards fishing, we thought to take a closer look at the fishing backpacks on offer. We’ve compiled a list of the ten best fishing backpacks keeping important features such as size, build material, and ergonomic design in mind. You’ll find a good variety in our list, with something to appeal to everyone. On this list you will find fishing backpacks which will appeal to the more serious and professional anglers, providing large storage space and a plethora of pockets and zippers to carry everything you need, as well as smaller, more compact fishing backpacks for those more casual, simple fishing trips.
We also came across some very versatile bags, which could be used in a variety of outdoor settings, and have included that in the list too. We have also considered some safety features such as reflective strips to keep you safe, especially in the dark.
18.5″ x 17″ x 8.5″
There are backpacks and then there is the Nomad Lighted from Wild River; the name itself should probably tell you all that you need to know about one of the best utility bags out there for fishing. It makes the top of our list not because of alphabetical order or mere coincidence. A quick glance at the specs and the many features of this fishing backpack tell why.
For starters, there are a variety of storage compartments. You will find large compartments, medium-sized compartments, and small compartments; the result of which is that you can carry everything you can possibly imagine for your fishing expedition. The large, lower compartment can easily fit 4 medium #3600 trays, allowing you to pack a variety of bait, hooks, lines, and other accessories. There is another big compartment located at the top of the bag that allows you to carry additional trays or store reels and other large accessories. The ingenuity of the design of the top and lower compartments allows you to remove a divider that separates the two and convert the entire area into a large rucksack-style backpack.
There are two medium-sized compartments located on either side of the bag that can double up as multipurpose pockets. You could either pack 6 medium #3600 trays, or 4 small #3500 trays. In other words, carry more accessories and supplies.
Apart from the large and medium-sized pockets, you will find handy mesh pocket and small compartments that can carry a host of fishing-related items. We have two favorites here. One is the smartly designed front pocket that, when open, doubles up as a sturdy work area where you can hook, bait, fine-tune the fishing rod or even fillet small fish. The second of our favorites is a nifty pocket placed right on top of the bag. This pocket has been specially designed to carry your sunglasses. Now that is some real intelligent design. However, what really tops the intelligence quotient is the next feature:
Most of us may prefer fishing as a daytime activity. There are, however, some that find fishing at night to be more of an alluring activity. The Wild River Nomad Lighted has a feature that the night catchers will certainly appreciate. Located near the top of the tackle backpack is an LED lighting system that emits enough light in the dark to help you put together your fishing equipment. You can choose from three brightness levels to suit your viewing comfort.
Features such as the LED light and multipurpose compartments make the Nomad Lighted one of the best fishing backpacks. – but this bag packs a punch in terms of features and there’s even more. Since fishing is an outdoor activity, you could very well run into some rain when you are out there. If it does happen, you do not have to worry about your fishing backpack getting wet. The reason being that the Wild River comes with a waterproof cover that protects that bag and its contents from not only rain but other outdoor elements as well.
The Custom Leathercraft Wild River is certainly worth investing in if you are looking for a sturdy, multifunctional backpack that can carry just about everything you need for a fishing trip. The bag is a bit on the larger side, but cushioned shoulder straps and an ergonomic design allows you to carry any kind of load without strain. The bag comes in a no-nonsense khaki shade, which may not rate very high on the style front, but it will certainly tough it out in any condition that your present it with, minus any loss of shape or form.
17.7″ x 12.6″ x 7.9″
The Piscifun may not have the ingenuity of the Wild River, but its economical pricing makes the fishing backpack a strong contender at No.2.
There can be no question raised about the quality of the large backpack. The Piscifun has been created with what is called ’86 Sewing Procedures’. This allows the bag to possess 20% more resistance to water than a regular bag, plus increases its durability. You may certainly not see it with the naked eye, but the outer body is composed of 1200D nylon fabrics that are packed together to prevent any tears.
The toughness of the tackle backpack is further enhanced with close attention paid to details such as the zippers and buckle. You can have the highest grade material for the backpack’s body, but if the zippers and buckle do not hold up to the strain, you find the bag less useful than it should be. To prevent this, the Piscifun has fitted strain-resistant SBS zippers and a KAM buckle, the best in their class.
From the backpack’s toughness and durability, we shift our attention to its versatility. Here, the bag does showcase a bit of the ingenuity of the Wild River fishing backpack. At first glance, the Piscifunoffers 11 solid compartments – large, small, and medium – to store all your fishing gear and equipment. The same 11 compartments can be turned into 18 with a little bit of adjustment. The backpack features a unique component design that allows you to divide the compartments into smaller pockets to carry more accessories.
The versatility of the bag extends to the large top and bottom compartments. Each section can hold multiple trays that can store baits, hooks, and other accessories. But you may be faced with a situation where you want the one large compartment, instead of two. All you have to then do is remove a collapsible clapboard the divides the two sections, transforming them into an extra -large 12.6’’ x 7.9’’ x 17.7’’ section. Just imagine what you will be able to stuff in here.
One may wonder whether a large fishing tackle backpack may be convenient enough to lug around. The Piscifun will surprise you with its comfort. The shoulder straps have the right amount of cushion to reduce the strain of the weight you are carrying, while the ergonomic back design evenly spreads the load, protecting your neck and spine.
To add to your protection, the backpack has reflective strips placed on the bag that will reflect light, thereby providing a sense of security at night.
The Piscifun Fishing Tackle Backpack has positioned itself as one of the best fishing backpacks as far as all-around features are considered. Its pricing is economical, allowing you to purchase and own a bag within a particular budget. The economical pricing has also not allowed the product to compromise on build quality or design. Then you have top end features such as the rain cover that protects the bag from rain and other harsh outdoor elements. There are even four rubber pads located at the very bottom of the bag to elevate it from the ground.
On the style front, there are even color options available in camouflage and black, apart from the regular khaki. You can pick and choose one that will certainly suit your personality. By allowing more color options, Piscifun allows for a bit of fashion and fun to go along with a fishing trip.
All in all, a very handy backpack to have.
17″ x 16″ x 8.5″
When we set out to review fishing backpacks, our focus is on the features of the bag and whether it is a tough and durable product. Stylistic concerns are not at the top of our minds. With the Shimano Blackmoon, however, we couldn’t help but wax lyrical about its aesthetic at the very beginning of our review.
It is kind of falling in love at first sight. You really cannot explain it, and yet there exists a certain chemistry that our hearts simply cannot ignore. The Balckmooon can do that to you. Perhaps it is the simplicity of design, a nod to its Japanese roots, or the fact that the backpack comes in an all-black shade that makes it instant eye candy. You could also say that the traditional ‘bulky’ nature of a fishing backpack which has been shaped to a more minimalist shape adds to its overall aesthetic too.
The body may be minimalist, but that has in no way compromised the space the backpack affords. There is a large storage space near the bottom of the bag where you can store multiple #3750 utility boxes. Then you have two medium-sized compartments on either side where you can store more fishing accessories. A front pocket located the top can be used to store other, smaller accessories, such as fish bait.
The large and medium compartments may catch your eye at first, but if you look a little closer, you will also find embedded mesh pockets that are built to hold fishing rods. The best part is that you will find them on both sides of the backpack.
Coming back to its minimalist design, there’s a reason why the backpack has chosen a less traditional aesthetic. Most fishing backpacks are built for maximum storage capacity. While they are great accessories if you were to carry them in a car or on a motorbike, walking some distance with them may prove to be a bit of an effort. The Shimano Blackmoon’s sleek outer body allows anglers to walk towards lakes and other water bodies where they put down their bait. The bag is, in fact, built to be carried around without producing excessive strain on the shoulders or on the back. The sleek style is only enhanced with comfortable, padded shoulder straps that evenly distribute the weight. The back portion of the bag adds to its ergonomic quality by providing cushioned pads that help you maintain the correct posture while walking.
We have touched upon its beautiful design, storage capacity, and ergonomic quality. Another feature worth mentioning is the backpack’s build quality. The Blackmoon has been constructed from high-density nylon fibers that are tear resistant. You can use the bag in a variety of challenging outdoor conditions and it will still retain its original shape. The zippers of the bag, an oft-forgotten part, are also constructed from a heavy-duty material, allowing it last through many a year. Last, but not least, is the rain cover that protects the backpack from outdoor elements and keeps its contents safe and dry.
The ultimate selling point of the Shimano Blackmoon is undoubtedly its sleek style. That should not, however, drawn attention away from some really smart design that allows the backpack to function as a heavyweight fishing backpack without any of the additional bulk. A versatile fishing backpack that’s sure to make your peers envious. We think that the retail price is well worth the investment.
17.5″ x 15.2″ x 9.5″
Just when you think that the Wild River has produced a top of the line fishing backpack, it goes ahead and surprises us with another offering – the 3606 Multi Tackle.
While the Nomad Lighted is perhaps geared more towards the more experienced and more serious anglers out there, the Multi Tackle will perhaps appeal more to those who go fishing for a bit of fun. The Multi Tackle backpack is available at an economical price point, making it one of the best in the lower priced category. To clarify, lower price does not in any way refer to an inferior product, just that the product offers an ideal combination of quality and budget.
Speaking of quality, the Multi Tackle is never short on it. Modeled on its more illustrious cousin, the backpack boasts the same quality materials and build-design that goes into making one of 2018’s best fishing backpack. The 3606 Multi Tackle features similar high-density nylon fibers that are stitched together to keep the bag water-resistant, as well as resistant to scratches and tears. The designers understand that the bag will be used in some challenging/tough terrain and have created a tough and resilient product.
When talking about fishing backpacks, the discussion usually veers towards the storage space that a particular bag offers. The Multi Tackle is certainly not short on space, but we would like to touch on some of its other, quite intelligent, design elements. These are small details, which add up to make an extremely good bag. Take the zippers, for instance. They have been built from the best in class materials that seal the pockets, giving the contents added protection from the elements, especially rain. The quality of the zippers gives the various pockets a high degree of water-resistance.
Protecting your valuables from water is an important issue when you are out fishing. The Multi Tackle has tackled this very issue by providing a water-proof compartment, located just below the top pocket. The compartment allows you to store your wallet, fishing license, maps, mobile phones, and other essentials. You can rest assured that not a single drop of water will enter the compartment.
Another small but very handy design element of the Wild Tackle is the built-in work surface area provided by the front pocket cover. All you have to do is fold down the cover and it transforms into a steady platform that can be used to perform a variety of tasks.
For a large backpack such as the Multi Tackle, it is essential that the bag provides good ergonomics because it may be quite a load that you have to lug around. The good news is that the shoulder straps offer additional, padded comfort that reduces the weight placed on the joints. The breathable material also helps prevent your skin from sweating or overheating. The bag’s ergonomic design is further enhanced with a padded back that keeps your spine in a correct position while you walk, reducing any load on the neck or lower spine.
Fishing backpacks are not truly known for the style aesthetics, but the Multi Tackle surprises us on that front as well. Gone is the somewhat somber khaki color that dresses most of the backpacks. The Multi Tackle instead opts for a stylish military green with a just a hint of camouflage motif tucked away at the sides. The result is a great looking backpack and one that you certainly will be proud to carry around.
The Wild River 3600 Multi Tackle ticks off all the boxes required for a fishing backpack. The fact that it retails in the lower price segment should only make it more appealing to anglers and fishing hobbyists. It probably offers the best balance between being price conscious and opting for a bag that will allow you to carry just about everything.
17.7″ x 12.6″ x 7.9″
The Spiderwire offers a very distinct design, very different from the other fishing backpacks on our list. The black theme with a spider and web design will certainly grab your attention. While it’s unique look may cause divided opinions, the fact that the Spiderwire sits at No.5 should tell where our inclinations lie.
Sticking with the style quotient, it is not just about looks, but how the good looks extend to an overall design that is smart and intelligent. To maximize whatever space the bag affords, and it is sufficient, the pockets and compartments have been ‘moulded’, which give the impression that they are a part of the single body rather than separate storage units – a common design element of other backpacks. It may then surprise you that this fishing backpack holds three sizeable compartments inside it. There is a top compartment that can be used to store personal items such as phones, wallets, maps, and licenses. Then you have a middle compartment that is insulated and acts like a cooler for storing fishing accessories like bait, as well as food and drinks for your long day out. The third, lower compartment is the largest in size. You can easily store two large tackle boxes or three medium boxes. The bag does come with the three boxes, which makes the price point of this Spiderwire backpack very appealing.
The intelligence of the backpack’s design allows you to adjust the dividers that create the three compartments and transform them into a single, large storage space. There are two additional pouches located on either side of the bag that can hold small to medium fishing accessories.
The best of all the pockets and compartments is perhaps the small, angular, molded pocket that is just the right size to store your sunglasses. For a backpack that does not look big, the Spiderwire can certainly pull its weight with the larger bags. You will even find smartly placed holders where you can slide in your fishing rod and have your hands free as you walk towards your fishing spot.
For all of its sleek style and design intelligence, there is a bit of a drawback when it comes to the backpack’s build material. Most of the top backpacks are constructed from tough nylon fibers. Not the Spiderwire. The bag’s skin is made from polyester, which can seem a bit soft when you compare it with other, tougher fibers. The polyester gives the backpack a lighter feel that allows you to carry it around with ease. The material is also tough enough to prevent light scratches and tears but it may not feel as sturdy as some of its more expensive peers.
The SpiderwireFishing Tackle Backpack is certainly one of the most good-looking bags out there. It has the looks to pass off as a regular, everyday backpack, which means that you can carry it to a variety of places and the bag won’t feel out of place.
Another key feature is its price point, which is an obvious advantage and hard to resist. We recommend the carry-pack to those who are beginning to get their feet wet in fishing. For the more serious anglers, the backpack may feel a little too lightweight – in terms of the build as well as storage space.
18″ x 13″ x 8″
At first glance, the TackleTime backpack looks like just any other ordinary backpack. In fact, if the backpack’s name didn’t mention the fishing aspect, you may not have known.
While the TackleTime will certainly appeal to those after a more neutral, versatile and minimalistic fishing backpack, it may disappoint the fishing purists who are used to the ‘norm’ of fishing backpacks with multiple compartments and a big, bulging body. The TackleTime skips many of the traditional aesthetics in favor of a more minimalistic body. You may think it as a drawback, however, it can still do just about everything that the regular tackle backpacks do.
There are no protruding sections in sight, but open the first, front zipper and you will be greeted with a large compartment. Here you can store an entire Rack System size tackle box (11″ x 7″ x 10″) or multiple trays ranging from 5 medium-sized ones to 3 large trays. The main section creates a very good first impression of the backpack’s storage capacity, lest anyone thinks that the Tackle Time may not hold much weight.
It is the second compartment that the true, all-around abilities of this fishing backpack, are displayed. The compartment is an insulated cooler section that allows you to carry a wide range of food items and refreshing drinks. It will keep your drinks chilled and food fresh – very useful on a hot day, when you have been fishing for a few hours. The second compartment can also hold hydration bags, as well as safely carry a 15” laptop eve – which is really impressive.
The third, smaller compartments is ideal to carry essentials such as sunglasses, wallets, phones, and ID. There are multiple mesh pockets that will hold the various items in place.
Apart from the compartments, there are compressor straps on either side of the bag that will hold your fishing rods, leaving your hands free.
At first glance, the Tackle Time may give the impression of a deceptively simple and lightweight bag. A closer look reveals that the backpack is built from 420D nylon fibers that give it a rough and tough character. The contents inside your bag are well and truly protected from excess moisture, heat, and dust. One of the features that we found really impressive is the PVC-covered bottom which helps to prevent water seeping into the bag.
The Tackle Time gives the vibe of a sleek, modern backpack that can be used in a variety of outdoor conditions. The retail price makes it an affordable backpack to own, with the only potential drawback being that the storage space is limited in comparisson to other fishing backpacks available.
420D PVC Canvas
14.57″ x 13.39″ x 4.72″
The second entrant from Priscifun on our list will excite two kinds of people – the minimalists and the budgeteers. The fact that that entire bag is just a shoulder sling will appeal to the former, while the retail price of $19.99 will certainly appeal to the latter.
This Piscifun Sports Fishing bag may just be shoulder sling but let that not fool you one bit. There is an ingenuity at play here that provides you with enough pockets to carry all your essential fishing gear, while at the same time still being very light in weight. Where the higher-ranked fishing backpacks feature large storage compartments and multiple pockets, the Piscifun Sports Shoulder Tackle Bag provides a large pocket, a medium-sized pocket, and a small pocket. In a way, the shoulder bag is a backpack tackle box that has been transformed into a convenient sling which you can take just about anywhere and everywhere.
One of the reasons why you can carry the Piscifun Sports Shoulder Tackle Bag wherever you go is because of its build quality. The bag is indeed uber-compact, but that has not stopped the designers from building it with 420D material that is high on toughness and resilience, not to mention providing a high degree of scratch and tear resistance. What the material also provides is a fair degree of water-resistance, thanks to the PVC coating around the outer body.
The durability of the bag is further enhanced with top of the line zippers that seal the various pockets, keeping the contents safe from excess moisture and heat. Then there is the high-grade KAM buckle that links tightly with the latter half of the sling, allowing you to carry the weight around with considerable ease. A third detail worth mentioning is the aluminum carabiner attached to the top portion of the sling. You can hook a variety of accessories to the carabiner, such as heavy-duty pliers, fish gripper, plastic bait, and even keys.
The Piscifun Sports Shoulder Tackle Bag may be a minimalistic bag, but it carries just about everything you will need for your fishing trip. The large pocket can accommodate the heavy accessories, just like a tackle tray would. The medium-sized pocket can carry essentials such as food and supplies. The small pocket is ideal for storing phones, wallets, IDs, and maps.
The shoulder bag also maximizes its unique design with some eye-catching color combinations. Available in blue, black, digital camouflage, and khaki – there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
The Piscifun Sports Fishing Tackle Shoulder Bag is one of the most unique we have come across in the segment. It is compact, dextrous, and just about the right size to carry all your essentials. The plus is that you can use it for various outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking. The retail price is another tempting reason to own this multitasking all-rounder.
12″ x 8.7″ x 4.3″
We are turning into big fans of the Piscifun brand. Not only do they have a top of the line fishing backpack, but they have also produced minimalist shoulder bags that will surprise you with their versatility. We already spoke about the Sports Shoulder Tackle Bag at No.8, now arrives a second, water-resistant, tackle bag. Comparisons are meant to be obvious when you have two products in the same category, the good news is that Piscifun has not just cloned the Sports Shoulder Tackle, but produced a slightly different version entirely.
The first thing that may please you about the Water-Resistant Tackle is its carrying capacity. With the bag being a bit bigger, the pockets are also slightly bigger, allowing you to load more accessories for your fishing trip. You will find the large, medium, and small compartments, all located on the front of the bag, as well as side pockets to carry water bottles.
The large compartment allows you to store bulky gear and accessories. You may even be able to fit in a tackle tray or two, depending on their size. Piscifun has also the done a smart thing by adding a pouch for a tablet in the compartment.
The medium-sized compartment reveals the true all-around ability of the bag. You can carry your food and drinks here, probably even some fresh bait sealed in a box. This compartment is not insulated but should still keep your beverages and snacks fresh for the trip.
The small compartment is where all your essentials can be stored. From sunscreen to sunglasses to wallets to mobiles phones, you can even slip in your ID for easy access. The padded compartment will keep your belongings safe, even if the bag were to fall face down on the ground.
The Piscifun’s Water-Resistant Tackle Bag may be a shoulder bag placed in our compact category, but its build, however, is similar to the big boys on top of the list. The bag’s outer skin has been constructed from 1000D nylon material. In other words, it is tough, resilient, will endure challenging conditions, and water resistant.
Shifting our attention to its ergonomic design – you may wonder why this is important. The answer is that since the bag rests only on one shoulder, the tackle bag needs to have the right shape to spare you from shoulder or back pain over time. Thankfully, the Piscifun’s Water-Resistant Tackle Bag’s single strap is well padded and rests comfortably on your shoulder. The strap can be adjusted according to your preference, you can even tighten the lower buckle close to your torso for a better fit. The back of the bag has a breathable mesh fabric to keep you comfortable during the day.
Piscifun’s Water-Resistant Tackle Bag is a handy addition to the segment. The slightly bigger size allows you to carry more accessories, while the bag’s build and design make it ideal for a variety of outdoor activities.
12″ x 8.7″ x 6″
The Fiblink is an interesting entry on our list in the sense that when you look at it, the bag feels like a compact backpack that has been transformed into a single-shoulder sling. The body has a large compartment on which sit two smaller compartments. When you open the main compartment, you realize that the Fiblink is deceptively compact. The main section can easily hold all the bulky accessories and attachments that you wish to carry. You may even be able to fit a tablet or small laptop inside too. The rest of your accessories will fit neatly in the other two compartments.
Although it is a shoulder bag, Fiblink has used top of the line materials to fashion a tough and sturdy tackle backpack. The outer shell s crafted from 1000D nylon. This translates into a body that, even if you were to drag it through a dry lake bed, would not scratch or tear and would retain its shape. The other plus of the Fiblink is that it has been covered with a waterproof coating, ensuring all your things stay dray.
One of the reasons why the waterproof fishing bag is on our list is because of its attention to detail. Things such as the buckles and zippers have been manufactured from high grade materials, boosting the quality of the Fiblink. For instance, the KAM buckle is one of the toughest out there and can endure many years of use. Then you have the zippers that seal the compartments, protecting the bag from harmful outdoor elements, such as dust and moisture.
This shoulder fishing bag has got a lot of things going for it, especially within the style quotient. Fiblink has leaned on a tactical theme for the bag, giving it a distinct look. You can also choose from a range of color options that include a deep black as well as a woodland camouflage.
What makes the Fiblink an excellent fishing bag is the feature of a rod holder where you can easily slide your fishing rod into, thereby freeing your hands. There is also a pocket dedicated for a water bottle to keep you fresh and hydrated on long fishing trips on hot, sunny days.
Being a shoulder bag, Fiblink has incorporated all the right ergonomics that allow you to carry the bag for as long as you want with a minimum amount of strain. The back of the bag has a breathable mesh fabric that will prevent sweat from accumulating and is skin-friendly.
The Fiblink Waterproof Fishing Bag is quite the handy accessory to take along with you on a fishing trip. It provides the right amount of storage space to carry all of your necessary equipment and accessories. The pocket to hold your fishing rod is quite an intelligent design and useful feature.
11.8″ x 8.6″ x 4.3″
One look at the Blisswill Tackle Bag and you know that it means business. The tactical-inspired design gives the bag a unique look, which sets it apart from its peers. It is not just the body design that makes the tackle bag an interesting proposition, there are some clever ergonomic functions that certainly impressed us.
The Blisswill Tackle Bag is a shoulder bag, which you could use as a crossbody or sling-style bag as well. There are enough compartments in various sizes to store all of your necessary fishing gear and accessories. There are two straps on the side of the bag which allow you to strap your fishing rod onto the bag.
A small note on the vertical slip pocket located at the back of the bag – this is a feature that is quite rare in fishing backpacks. The Blisswill affords just enough space in the back pocket to slide in your tablet or a sleek laptop. Another intelligent feature of the Tackle Bag is the front strap which can be adjusted to your preference. Most shoulder bags can be adjusted using the sling but the Blisswill allows you to experience better comfort and ergonomic by adjusting the front strap to suit how tight or how lose the carry-pack sits on your shoulder. This reduces the strain on your joints, enabling you to carry the bag for longer periods of time with minimum fatigue.
Built from a high-density nylon material, the fabric has extra firm stitching to add to its durability. The outer body is scratch, abrasion, and tear resistant – as well as water resistant.
A special mention must be made about the ‘environment-friendly’ nature of the bag. There are certain manufacturers that use harmful and toxic materials during production, this is not the case with the Blisswill Tackle Bag. The tackle bag has kept its carbon footprint low without compromising on its build quality. It does not contain any chemicals or materials that will harm either you or the environment.
In terms of style and aesthetic, the Blisswill Outdoor Tackle Bag has a very strong ‘alpha’ vibe because of its military-inspired tactical design. It’s build quality and smart design of pockets further affirm this alpha appeal. Available in 4 different color options – there’s sure to be something to suit your style/ taste.