10 Best Backpack Tackle Bag + Buying Guide


Updated on May 18, 2022 by

There are certain items that are critical for any experienced angler – a rod, a reel, a fishing fillet knife, a cooler, and a tackle box. A modern take on the tackle box is the backpack tackle bag – everything that you need for an extended fishing trip with the straps to comfortable hike with it to those hard-to-reach locations.

I purchased my first backpack tackle bag a few years ago and it changed everything. It allows you to carry a lot more equipment and still gives two hands-free for carrying your rods. If you are hiking to an inaccessible location then the first thing I would recommend is to upgrade your tackle bag. This is essential gear to own for any dedicated fisherman.

When you are walking for miles to get to a distance river filled with salmon the last thing you want is to have both hands full of rods and tackle boxes. Switching over to a backpack-style tackle bag is a fantastic way to travel further in great comfort.

I have put together a review of the top 10 bags on the market available at the moment. I have also listed some of the key features you should be aware of before you make a decision in a simple buyer’s guide. I have personally used tackle backpacks for over a decade and have a lot of strong opinions about the features that matter and the features that don’t.

Quick Summary – Best Backpack Tackle Bag

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Lixada Fishing Tackle Bag Backpack Fishing Lures Bait Box Storage Bag with 4 Fishing Tackle Boxes
OSAGE RIVER Fly Fishing Backpack, Tackle and Rod Storage, Orange
Wild River by CLC WT3604 Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack & Four PT3600 Trays
Straps
Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps
Adjustable shoulder straps, Sternum Strap, Hip Belt
Wide and Comfortable Shoulder Straps
Pockets
Four Side Pockets, Two Mesh Pouches
External Webbing, 2 External Pockets, Main Storage Compartment
7 External Pockets
Features
Anti-Scratch Base, added Mesh Back
Rod Storage through Loops
LED Lighted Backpack, Inbuilt Rain Cover
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Lixada Fishing Tackle Bag Backpack Fishing Lures Bait Box Storage Bag with 4 Fishing Tackle Boxes
Straps
Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps
Pockets
Four Side Pockets, Two Mesh Pouches
Features
Anti-Scratch Base, added Mesh Back
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Best Overall
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OSAGE RIVER Fly Fishing Backpack, Tackle and Rod Storage, Orange
Straps
Adjustable shoulder straps, Sternum Strap, Hip Belt
Pockets
External Webbing, 2 External Pockets, Main Storage Compartment
Features
Rod Storage through Loops
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Wild River by CLC WT3604 Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack & Four PT3600 Trays
Straps
Wide and Comfortable Shoulder Straps
Pockets
7 External Pockets
Features
LED Lighted Backpack, Inbuilt Rain Cover
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Backpack Tackle Bag Buyer’s Guide

There are dozens of good options for backpack tackle bags on the market – and picking the right one for your needs can be difficult. We have put together a few key features for you to consider before making your purchase.

These design features and materials can be the difference between a bag that will last for years and one that will fail during your first trip.

Bag Size

How much tackle do you need to carry with you? The answer is always less than you think. But the last thing you want is to need that particular lure that you didn’t pack because your bag was too small.

Pick a bag that is large enough to carry everything you need.

Also, consider the size of the tackle and tools you want to carry. If you want additional hooks and sinkers, then you will want extra space for tackle trays. But if you want to carry extra knives or pliers then you may want an option with extra external compartments.

Some of the bags also have a dedicated place for sunglasses which will protect them from scratches and damage.

My personal fishing backpack tackle bag
My personal fishing backpack tackle bag

Straps

The backpack straps design and material are crucial to comfort. Your tackle bag can get very heavy when you have filled it with knives, pliers, tackle, and braided line. Getting comfortable straps is important to allow you to carry your bag for miles from your truck to the river.

Our recommendation is to get a strap that has wide padding attached. Like a school backpack, you can get a pretty good idea of how comfortable it is by looking at the photos and reading through the reviews.

Durability

Wear and tear on a bag like this can be high. Either from accidental knife strikes or from tree branches when you are hiking to your fishing destination. So making sure you select a bag made from a durable material is important to get a long life.

Getting a long life out of your bag is the best way to get good value for money. Kevlar or nylon are strong fabrics that will last a long term.

Tackle Storage

Most of the bags come with multiple storage trays for keeping your tackle in individual compartments. The number of trays you need depends on your own personal fishing style and requirements.

If you want more then I would suggest going for 3-4 trays, but if you only use the same few items every time then maybe 1-2 trays are sufficient.

10 Best Backpack Tackle Bags

1. OSAGE RIVER Fishing Backpack 

ON SALE $15.00 OFF

Features

  • Adjustable and comfortable shoulder straps with padding and mesh to breath
  • Sternum strap and hip belt to distribute the weight evenly
  • Rod storage through the side loops
  • Webbing to store pliers and tools for easy access
  • Main storage compartment for tackle boxes and 2 external pockets for tools

My Impressions

The first tackle bag on our list is the Osage River. As you can see from the photo it is highly adjustable with straps and storage loops everywhere. There are multiple compartments both internal and external, as well as webbed storage for easy access to essential tools.

The bag is slightly smaller than some of the other options depending on how much tackle you want to carry with you. It is also bright orange which may scare off particularly skittish fish.

The combination of the hip belt and sternum strap means that you can get a really comfortable fit and evenly distribute the weight.

I also like the rod storage that you can slip through the loops, however, I generally don’t use them myself.

Pros

  • The hip belt secures the bag to your center of gravity
  • Fishing rods can be secured through side straps

Cons

  • Smaller than some of the other options
  • Bright orange can be very visible if you want to travel quietly

2. Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack

Features

  • Lighted LED system to help you change your tackle even at night
  • Dedicated sunglasses holder on the top
  • Removable pliers holder for easy access
  • Inbuilt rain cover to protect your gear from the elements
  • The front pocket provides a workbench
Wild River by CLC WT3604 Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack

My Impressions

The Wild River bag design is one of the best available. They are also available in all kinds of colors and designs, even camouflage. The dedicated sunglasses storage on top is a good addition to protect them from scratches on other equipment.

They also have a fantastic LED system to help you fish at night – tying knots or swapping lures is impossible in the dark.

The straps are also extremely wide and comfortable, particularly if you are going hike miles from your truck to the river.

There are some reports of poor quality zippers and seams, but I don’t think you will find better quality in other manufacturers.

Pros

  • LED system to help fishing at night
  • Separate sunglasses case so they don’t get scratched
  • External storage for miscellaneous items

Cons

  • Can have some zipper and seam quality problems

3. SeaKnight Waterproof Outdoor Tackle Bag

Features

  • Large storage area with a removable divider for better organization
  • Four side zippered pockets
  • Two mesh pouches for easy access
  • Made from 1000D nylon polyester fabric that is water-resistant
  • Rugged anti-scratch base
  • Comfortable straps

My Impressions

The SeaKnight tackle bag offers more rugged and durable options. With the anti-scratch base, it can happily be left on the river bank or the sand without concern about damage.

It can also be highly customized with removable internal walls. This allows you to fit different sized equipment and plastic tackle boxes. It is also water-resistant to protect your gear from splashing or even kayak fishing capsizing.

The downside is that it is not as stylish as some of the other models with its boxy design. 

Pros

  • Water-resistant to protect your gear from saltwater
  • Comfortable straps

Cons

  • Not as stylish as some of the other options

4. Lixada Fishing Tackle Backpack

Features

  • Large internal storage area with a removable divider for better organization
  • Four zipped side pockets and two mesh pouches
  • Adjustable and padded shoulder straps for comfort and fit
  • Rugged anti-scratch base
  • Padded mesh back

My Impressions

The fourth backpack tackle bag on my list is the Lixada model. 

Like the previous option, this bag has a removable divider so that you can fit different sizes of plastic tackle boxes inside. It has plenty of small pockets so that you can put your pliers and other essential tools within easy reach.

It is also more heavy duty with a rugged base so you don’t need to be concerned when using it on a riverbank or rock face.

Personally, I don’t like the bright green internals, but this is purely an aesthetic issue. But I do love the camouflage external design.

Pros

  • Lots of external storage options
  • Padded mesh back for extra comfort

Cons

  • Bright green internals

5. Kingdom Multifunctional Fishing Backpack

Features

  • Made from 1000D waterproof nylon fabric
  • Heavy-duty zippers and finished seams
  • Adjustable straps for any length and size
  • Multiple pockets of various sizes so that everything has its place
  • External water bottle holder
  • Rod holster on the side

My Impressions

The Kingdom fishing bag is certainly one of a kind – with a unique brown fishing lure design. You will never lose it or mistake it for someone else’s bag.

It also has a large number of external pockets, all of the different sizes – so you will be able to find a suitable storage place for all of your essential tools and tackle.

It has a rod holster on the side, although I rarely use them (I prefer to carry my rods), and an external water bottle holder which certainly comes in handy.

Kingdom has also put a focus on the quality of their seams and zippers, which has proved to be a point of failure in the other options.

Pros

  • Water bottle storage location
  • Fish styled design
  • Waterproof nylon design

Cons

  • A striking style that might not suit everyone

6. SHIMANO Blackmoon Fishing Backpack

Bestseller No. 1

Features

  • Thick padded shoulder straps for comfort
  • Heavy-duty fabric material
  • Mesh rod holder on both sides
  • Includes 2 Plano plastic tackle boxes but can fit more inside
  • Zippered front compartment and side pockets

My Impressions

As far as I am concerned, Shimano are the masters of fishing equipment, and this tackle bag is no exception. This is a no-nonsense bag which can fit 4 plastic tackle trays (although it only comes with 2).

It has two side rod holders and side pockets for easy access to knives and other tools. The bag is made from a heavy-duty fabric to prevent rips, tears, and damage.

It does not have as many individual pockets as some of the other options, so you may need to place multiple tools in the same storage location.

It is also styled in classic Shimano black and white design.

Pros

  • Shimano are the premier fishing manufacturer
  • Built-in rod holders

Cons

  • Not as many external storage compartments as other options

7. Wild River by CLC 503 Tackle Tek Recon

ON SALE $15.69 OFF

Features

  • Integrated LED light system to tie knots at night
  • Web loops to secure tools
  • Mesh pockets to view tackle easily from the outside
  • Large padded and adjustable shoulder straps
  • Includes 4 x PT3500 tackle trays

My Impressions

Another Wild River tackle backpack, this Tackle Tek Recon is a good option. It is comfortable, adjustable, and stylish. I particularly like the forest design, especially when compared to some of the boring, boxy alternatives.

It comes with 4 tackle trays so that you don’t need to purchase anything else to go with it.

The shoulder straps are wide and have good padding for extra comfort.

It has multiple external pockets for individual tools and mesh exteriors so that you can see exactly what you are looking for. There has been some criticism that this bag is not entirely waterproof, so take that into consideration.

Pros

  • LED light system to help fishing in the dark
  • Comes with tackle trays so you don’t need to purchase extras

Cons

  • Not completely waterproof

8. Daiwa D-Vec Tactical Travel Reel Case

Features

  • Multi-purpose fishing tackle backpack – can be used at the river bed, in the boat, or at home
  • Multiple external zippered pockets
  • Wide, padded straps for comfort
  • Large internal compartment

My Impressions

I have included this Daiwa backpack for exactly that reason – it is more like a normal backpack than a tackle bag. If you want something that is multi-purpose without spending a fortune then this is it. It could just as easily be seen in the schoolyard as on the boat.

It comes with multiple external pockets with good quality zippers, as well as a large internal compartment where plastic tackle boxes can be stored.

The straps are also wide and padded so it is comfortable to carry, no matter what the scenario or cargo.

It has been highlighted as not particularly waterproof, so you may want to keep it undercover when there is bad weather around to protect your equipment.

Pros

  • More like a normal backpack than other options – can be used for other applications

Cons

  • Not highlighted as particularly waterproof

9. Wild River Nomad LeatherCraft Tackle Tek

Features

  • 3 level LED light system to allow you to fish at knight
  • 5000 mAh rechargeable USB power supply
  • Includes 4 medium tackle trays and 2 small tackle trays
  • Additional Accessories – solar panel sold separately

My Impressions

This is the 3rd Wild River backpack on the list because they make incredible designs. This Nomad Leathercraft is built for modern fishermen who rely on technology. It comes with a 3-level LED light system to allow you to fish at night.

It also comes with a 5000mAh rechargeable USB power supply with multiple ports available to charge your phone, other lights, or anything else you might need at your campsite.

Incredibly it also has a solar panel accessory available so you can remain in remote locations and fully charged indefinitely.

This is a premium product at a premium price.

Pros

  • Comes with tackle trays to store your hooks and sinkers
  • LED system to fish at night
  • Optional solar panels allow you to fish for weeks fully charged

Cons

  • Needs to be recharged

10. Lunkerhunt LTS Tackle Backpack

ON SALE $4.06 OFF

Features

  • Zipperless construction
  • 2 adjustable rod holders
  • Splashproof fast-entry openings
  • TPW-coated waterproof fabric

My Impressions

The final tackle bag on our list is the Lunkerhunt LTS. It has gone in a different direction and has a zipperless design. The material is waterproof which is a problem with some of the other options.

The boxy design is not particularly aesthetic or stylish. However, it does mean that the large internal compartment can fit a lot of tackle and tackle trays.

It has adjustable rod holders on the side.

Pros

  • Waterproof fabric design
  • Adjustable rod holders

Cons

  • Very boxy design

There are also some great comparison sites and guides available on the internet.

Please let us know which bag you selected and why in the comments below. This helps us to provide more information on any of our fishing gear reviews.

Last update on 2022-08-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


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Captain Russ Egan

Captain Russ is an avid fisherman. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Curado Baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.