How to Set Up a Canoe for Fishing

How to Set Up a Canoe for Fishing
Canoe fishing gives anglers access to small streams and creeks that may otherwise be unreachable by boat or even by hiking in. There is, however, a trade off when using canoes to access and fish these waterways. Setting up a canoe for fishing is a test in using the canoe space well, while considering the canoe's ability to easily tip over. The key to setting up a fishing canoe is to use small fishing supplies and to set the supplies up so everything is within reach; too much maneuvering on the canoe and you will find yourself in the water with the fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Small ice chest
  • Fishing bait bag
  • Fishing rod holder
  • Small motor
Step 1
Use a small ice chest to hold the fish while heading back to land. The ice chest needs have a lid that is easy to open with one hand; you do not want to be struggling with an ice chest and a fish while in a canoe. If you happen to catch a fish larger than what the ice chest will hold, then just place the fish in the center section of the canoe before heading back to land.
Step 2
Keep the lures, bait and other fishing supplies in an organized fishing bag with sealable containers and sections that zip. Tie the bag to a bar in the canoe. This keeps the fishing hooks and other supplies in reach and prevents them from spilling onto the bottom of the canoe.
Step 3
Add a fishing rod holder to the side of the canoe if possible. Depending on the design of your canoe, you may be able to attach a fishing rod holder made for kayaks or canoes.
Step 4
Add a small motor to the canoe. This allows you to cross large lakes quicker to get to the smaller streams.

Article Written By Lynn Anders

Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.

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