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Reel in a New Fishing Kayak

Find the best fishing kayak to suit your needs at DICK'S Sporting Goods. DICK'S carries angler kayaks from the most trusted brands, including Perception®, Lifetime® Pelican® and Field & Stream®.

Get the optimal setup for a day out on the water. Filter your search for kayaks with rod holders, storage, cup holders and more. Plus, shop for bait and lures to entice the fish lurking below. Shop fishing apparel to stay dry and cool while you're out there for hours.

If you find a lower price on a fishing kayak or fishing gear from another qualifying retailer, we'll match it with our Best Price Guarantee.

How to Pick a Fishing Kayak

Sit In vs. Sit On Top

The first thing to decide is whether you want a sit-in or sit-on-top fishing kayak. A sit-in fishing kayak will help shield your lower body from splashes and wind, and you can attach a spray skirt for added protection. These benefits make sit-in models a good choice when fishing in cooler weather.

If you'll primarily fish during the hot summer months, a sit-on-top kayak will offer breathable comfort. They're also designed for easy-in, easy-out convenience — a key benefit for less experienced paddlers.


If you're looking to maximize speed while pursuing your catch, you'll want to choose a longer fishing kayak that can cut through the water efficiently. If you're more interested in maneuverability, go with a shorter model. Keep in mind that wider kayaks will offer more stability when landing fish.

Carry Weight

Think about all that's involved in getting your kayak on the water: removing it from storage, attaching it to your vehicle, unloading it, carrying it down the bank, and finally launching it. And then you have to do it all again to get it home, except this time you may be exhausted after hours of paddling. That's why it's important to consider weight — be realistic and choose a weight you can handle. Do keep in mind that heavier kayaks tend to be more durable, so sometimes the extra weight is worth it.

Weight Capacity

Of course you'll need a kayak built to support your own body weight, but you also need to consider the weight of your gear. Think about what you'll bring on a typical trip.

Storage & Organization

Think about the level of organization you need on your boat. Many fishing kayaks come with built-in rod holders, tackle boxes, dry storage compartments and free storage space — so you'll never find yourself rummaging through your tackle for the right bait or tool. Many angling kayaks have storage space located at either end of the vessel. These bulkheads provide buoyancy if the boat becomes capsized. Hatches come with plastic or plastic lids or neoprene covers.

Looking for additional options? Explore even more fishing kayak, fishing poles, and fishing shoes at Public Lands, a specialty outdoor sports store with a purpose-driven mission to help all people enjoy the free outdoors.