canoe fishing


Fishing on your canoe adds a whole new dimension to the mission. Canoe fishing adventures are a great way to explore waterways and find fish in less accessible areas. Canoes are portable, quiet, and relatively affordable fish hunting watercraft that get you to the fish.

Anglers and hunters have stalked predatory fish for thousands of years with the aid of canoes. That fact alone is testament to the efficiency, functionality and reliability of canoes.

Here we outline some of the benefits, and therefore, the reasons those who canoe-fish really love it.


Canoes are the ultimate in stealth watercraft, especially under paddle power. Contemporary canoes are typically constructed from heavy duty plastics. These materials are extremely tough, durable, and ultra light. The hull material and designs also glide through the water smoothly and quietly. In fact, many fish won?t sense your presence until you?re right on top of them.

These stealth characteristics get you closer to the fish than motorboats and results in a higher number of efficient and accurate casts and ultimately more fish.


Canoes are narrow, lightweight, and highly manoeuvrable. They also possess a shallow draft. These features allow canoes to weave through structure, over shallow bars, and into tight waterways that are impassable for tinnies or larger boats. Naturally, these harder to reach locations often produce sensational fishing.

There is undoubtedly a strong correlation between the remoteness or accessibility of a system and its productivity. The more difficult it is to reach, the greater the chance of untouched or less disturbed fish populations. Canoes help you to access these waterways!


Canoes are a healthy fishing option, especially when a manual paddle option is selected. Paddling is a great way to sneak in some quality exercise while fishing. You’ll be so focused on getting to the next fishy-looking snag that you won’t even realise you are working hard to get there.

Paddling is also a fast and convenient option that doesn’t require fuel, batteries or any other accessories.

In systems with large distances to cover, a transom mount electric motor is a handy investment. Electric motors are light, powerful and are welcome relief if you are attempting to cover a substantial body of water over a short period. They are also beneficial in strong currents or wind.

Electric motors maintain the stealth approach by minimising noise and permitting a highly manoeuvrable watercraft.


Canoeing is typically a mellow and relaxed form of fishing. A calm crew results in a stable craft, improved stealth and an increased likelihood of sensible decisions while stalking and fighting fish.

Knee jerk or overenthusiastic reactions to hits or near misses can throw canoe stability into disarray. Angler response to bites and strikes in a canoe must be composed and measured or you and your fishing buddy will end up in the drink.


Another wonderful benefit of light canoes is that they can be carried or dragged between pools to access difficult to reach waterholes. Modern canoes weigh as little as 20kg and can be managed by one person or carried comfortably by two. The tough plastic hulls are designed to take a beating and handle being dragged across river stones.

For entering and exiting waterways through tough terrain, a small trolley can be purchased to cart canoes down to the water. Trolleys are handy investments that get you to the water faster.


The one factor that deters some anglers from canoeing is the fact that canoes possess less stability than other watercraft. The trick to stability in a canoe is to relax and keep your centre of gravity as low as possible.

It’s easier said than done, especially when you need to cast rods and fight fish. However, most people adapt quickly with a little practice and experience. The only alternative to increasing stability is to add an outrigger to the canoe. Outriggers can be purchased as an additional feature to some canoes or you can construct one from drainage piping and a bracket.

An outrigger provides increased stability and may even permit standing. However, the additional width will reduce manoeuvrability and access to tight areas.

Canoes are a great option for anglers eager to explore rivers, streams and backwaters. They provide increased access to hidden systems and relatively untouched waterways where there is greater potential for bigger and better catches. As always, look for ways to reduce your costs when getting started with canoe or kayak fishing.


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Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.