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5 Best Fishing Backpacks

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Review: 5 Best Fishing Backpacks With Rod Holders for Any Budget

With the fishing season just around the corner, you must have the proper gear for your next outdoor adventure. Here are our top choices for fishing backpacks with rod holders, each of which would be an excellent choice for your next fishing trip.

The High-end: JYDBRT Fishing Bag

If you are looking for the best fishing backpack with rod holders, this one will not disappoint. The JYDBRT Fishing Tackle Backpack is designed to have everything an angler could need in a convenient, organized manner.

The bag has five exterior pockets and ten interior storage compartments, making it easy to carry all of your gear. The bottom compartment is a large but collapsible storage area that can hold a durable set of clothes and boots while freeing up space in the other cases. The backpack also has three smaller pockets for drinks and electronics and multiple small pouches to keep items from getting lost.

The bag is 18 inches deep, 20 inches high, and 8 inches wide. The shoulder straps are very comfortable, with both chest and waist belts for added support. There is also a pocket on the side of this bag to carry a water bottle or rod holder at your convenience.

In addition to having a ton of storage space, the JYDBRT Fishing Tackle Backpack comes with a built-in rod holder. There is a zipper on the side of the bag that unzips and expands into a 20-inch long rod holder or can extend up to 40 inches for use with longer rods.

The JYDBRT Fishing Tackle Backpack also comes with a rain cover for added protection from wet conditions. And it’s important to note that the backpack is breathable, so you won’t have to worry about your back getting too hot as you hike around.68

The Popular: Piscifun Fishing Tackle Backpack

If you want a fishing backpack with rod holders but don’t need the expensive features of the JYDBRT Fishing Tackle Backpack, this is a great option. This backpack has plenty of space for all your gear and conveniently fits snugly over one shoulder. There is no waist belt on this backpack; however, we recommend you tie the waist strap to secure your bag, including the purchase.

The Piscifun Fishing Tackle Backpack is made of high-density nylon fabric and is very durable. It has two large main compartments (18 inches deep x 13 inches wide) separated by a mesh divider.  Each case has room for up to 6 large trays, so you can store your lures, pliers, tools, and other fishing accessories however you wish.

There are also three smaller pockets on the side of this backpack for carrying sunglasses or bottles. This back is very lightweight at just over 2 pounds, making it easy to take all day long.

The Piscifun Fishing Tackle Backpack also has a built-in rod holder and rain cover. The rod holder compartment is on the side of this backpack and can extend to 42 inches for use with longer rods.  The bag itself is 20 inches deep and 13 inches wide, so there is plenty of space for whatever you need to carry.

The Compact size and price: Aertiavty Compact Fishing Tackle Bag

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money but still want a fishing backpack with rod holders, this bag is perfect. It’s made of 600D Density Strong Waterproof Nylon Fabrics, and it’s incredibly compact – 11*9*4.3 Inches and light – 1.98lbs.  There are two main compartments. The front one is large enough to place all your fishing gear, while the middle compartment is perfect for storing snacks and other personal items.  Both can be closed thanks to a zipper completely.

On each side of the bag, there are small pockets ideal for carrying water bottles, sunglasses, or anything else you may need to reach quickly.  There is also a rod holder attached to the side of this backpack so that you can easily carry your fishing poles with you.

Amazon's Choice: Rodeel Fishing Tackle Backpack

If you’re looking for a fishing backpack with rod holders that comes at an affordable price, this is the perfect option. It includes two large compartments and one small compartment to help you easily organize all your gear. There are also two side pockets for carrying sunglasses or water bottles when hiking or fishing.

The small pocket on the front of this backpack holds two large trays.  It also has a mesh pocket so you can see what’s inside at all times. The main compartment is big enough to hold more oversized items like pliers, knives, and more. While 18 inches deep, only 8 inches wide; however, this opens up space on the front of this backpack for more oversized items.

The back panel of this backpack is meshed to keep your back cool and dry as you hike around with it all day. The shoulder straps are adjustable, making it easy to carry this bag no matter how big or small you are. Rodell has placed a double-stitched handle on the top of this backpack for easy carrying.

This fishing tackle backpack comes with a waterproof rain cover to protect your gear and electronics if you get caught in the rain. It also has three different storage options: one small and two large compartments that can be accessed from the outside or inside, depending on what you need at the time.

The third option is an extra roomy bag connected with the leading pack to give you more space; this bag has an adjustable strap.

These features combined with a 5-year warranty make this fishing backpack an ideal choice for anyone looking for something simple but functional.

Editor Choice: Wild River by CLC WT3604 Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack

This fishing backpack is made out of a rigid 600D polyester material, so it’s perfect for the trail or the boat.  The main compartment has three adjustable dividers to help you create your own storage space, and there are six exterior zippered pockets to keep small items close by.

Four built-in trays can be easily accessed from the front of this backpack, and there is a fishing rod holder on each side.  It also includes a retractable center handle, adjustable shoulder straps with a sternum strap, and rubber feet to keep it from sliding if you need to set it down somewhere for a moment.

At just over seven pounds, this fishing backpack is slightly heavier than most on this list; however, the hardware used to support all that weight may be worth it for you.  It includes four rods holders instead of two, making keeping your gear close at hand easier during long fishing trips.