Gift Ideas for Fishermen


A fisherman out on the boat fishing with a fishing gift

If you know someone who loves to fish but you struggle to find the perfect fishing gift, our list of gift ideas for fishermen is a great place to start. Although there are different types of fishing, we’ve included fishing gift ideas that work for fishing, ice fishing, or fly fishing. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday, Christmas, or special occasion, these gift ideas for fishermen are sure to spark a great idea or two.

1) Fishing Combo

Since a fishing combo is something every fisherman should have, it makes a great gift idea for those new to fishing. No matter if they enjoy open water fishing, ice fishing, or fly fishing, having a quality and reliable combo is one way to be more successful. When using a sensitive fishing combo, your fisherman can easily detect a nibble for a better opportunity to reel in the catch. Fishing combos make great gifts for fishermen because they include both the rod and reel so it’s ready to use right away!

2) Fishing Hat

A girl wearing a fishing hat

If you need a gift for a fisherman who has everything, a fishing hat is a great option. There are a few different styles of fishing hats to choose from, so you’ll be able to find the right style for your fisherman. A traditional fishing hat will protect their face and neck from the sun’s rays as well as stay secure during a windy day, while a fishing cap is perfect for them to wear on the boat or around town. 

3) Fryer & Fish Batter Mix

Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious fish fry? If you know a fisherman who loves to cook as much as they love to fish, get them a new fryer along with a variety of different breading mixes to try out. Plus, you can add in a batter bowl to make breading the fish even easier.

4) Fishing Shirt

a guy wearing a fishing shirt

A fishing shirt makes one the best gifts for fishermen because you can never have too many. Also, it’s great for wearing during the summer even when you’re not spending time on the water! Made with lightweight fabric, a fishing shirt covers and protects skin from harmful UV rays while still offering breathable comfort even on a hot day. Plus, the fabric wicks away sweat for a dry, cool feel. Some fishing shirts even have a hoodie for additional head and neck protection. With a quality fishing shirt from brands like Scheels Outfitters, Simms, or HUK, you’ll find the right style and color for your angler.

5) Tackle Storage

Tackle boxes and tackle bags are a tried and true gift idea for fishermen. No matter if you’re shopping for a beginner or an experienced fisherman, having the right tackle storage is a must-have when fishing from the shore or boat. A tackle bag is made from soft yet durable material and features plenty of storage compartments for all your angler’s tackle, line, reels, and more. Plus, we carry a wide selection of plastic tackle boxes to keep all their lures and terminal tackle organized. 

Featured Fishing Gift Idea: Scheels Outfitters Backpack Cooler Tackle Bag

Why we love this:

  • 5 storage pockets
  • Doubles as a cooler
  • 4 included tackle boxes

6) Cooler & Can Cooler

A fisherman using a yeti cooler for fishing

For a versatile fishing gift idea, get your favorite fisherman a new YETI cooler. Thanks to the durable construction, YETI coolers are the best way to keep their drinks, snacks, and live bait cold while out on the boat or fishing from shore. With a wide selection of different cooler sizes, styles, and colors, you’ll be sure to find the perfect cooler for your fisherman. Plus, you can even pair their new cooler with a convenient can cooler to keep their beverage cold and moisture-free. For additional information, read about our top YETI recommendations

7) Waterproof Phone Case

A waterproof phone case makes one of the best fishing gifts because it’s often an overlooked fishing must-have. Having a cell phone on a boat is necessary for safety, so make sure they keep it in working condition with a waterproof phone case. It’s easy for your phone to slip into the water and sink, but with a waterproof phone case it will stay protected from water damage and float for easy retrieval.

Featured Fishing Gift Idea: Gecko Floatable Waterproof Case

Why we love this:

  • Keeps your phone afloat
  • Waterproof for up to 1 hour
  • Fits a range of device sizes

Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift, retirement gift, or birthday gift, these gift ideas for fishermen will work for any occasion. If you’re needing additional fishing gift ideas, feel free to reach out to your local SCHEELS to speak with an expert today!