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10 Best Kids Fishing Poles in 2020

Fishing is a pastime that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. If you are interested in getting your kids a fishing pole so they can take part in this fun hobby with you then here is a look at some great kid’s fishing rods you son or daughter will love.

In choosing the toys we select we not only consider their quality and overall rating but also the value based on price and what parents are saying about them. We are also particular to find unique options instead of just toys that have a bunch of reviews that all toy review sites have included in their list.

Our List of the Very Best Kids Fishing Rods

1
Plusinno Kids Fishing Kit

Summary

Sized specifically for children this kit consists of a telescopic pole (3.9′ and 4.9′) a spin cast reel, fishing tackle and travel bag. This fishing rod is cool looking and looks just like a smaller version of an adult rod.

Pros
  • Great Quality
  • Storage bag is great for transporting the rod
  • Easy for children to use 
Cons
  • Rod Can be hard to retract 
Recommended age

3 years and up

What Makes this Stand Out?

The fact that this rod comes with everything, but live bait makes this rod great.

2
ODDSPRO Kids Fishing Pole

Summary

This child’s collapsible fishing rod comes with the rod, line, reel, tackle box and carry bag. This rod comes in your choice of bright blue or pink and selected sizes either 3.9 feet or 4.9 feet. This rod is designed to be simple and easy to use for children.

Pros
  • Easier for children to learn to cast
  • Nice case for keeping rod
  • Perfect size for kids 
Cons
  • Breaks easily 
Recommended Age

3 years and up

What Makes this Stand Out

The bait box has a nice selection of fishing lures and a couple of bobbers.

3
Magreel Fishing Rod

Summary

This kids telescopic rod is suitable for both boys and girls and comes with the rod, spinning reel, fishing line, tackle and storage bag. This fishing pole has an EVA handle making it more comfortable to hold.

Pros
  • Pole is well made
  • Everything fits neatly into the bag 
Cons
  • Can be difficult to telescope the rod in and out  
What Makes this Stand Out?

The small bait box fits into the bag along with the pole so your child can keep everything together.

4
Star Wars Fishing Rod and Reel

Summary

This Star Wars toddler fishing pole with reel comes with an adjustable dial drag, right hand retrieve and a little fish for the child to use to practice casting. This rod is 30 inches long.

Pros
  • This rod is a nice length for younger children
  • Easy to learn to cast 
Cons
  • The Reel is not the greatest 
Recommended Age

2 to 6 years old

What Makes this Stand Out?

The Star Wars theme makes this rod popular among children.

5
Shakespeare Youth Fishing Rod

Summary

This 2 foot 6 inch long rod and reel makes a good girl’s fishing rod. It has a round knob on the end of the reel so that your child can keep a good grip on the reel when reeling in their catch. There is an on/off thumb button and instant anti reverse bearing.

Pros
  • This rod works well
  • The casting plug is useful  
Cons
  • Some of the rods breaks easily 
Recommended Age

This pole works best for children ages 2 to 6

What Makes this Stand Out?

These rods feature cartoon characters that children love.

6
Plusinno Kids Fishing Pole

Summary

This Plusinno pole comes in your choice of size between 4.9″ or 5.9″ and comes with a telescopic fishing pole, spin cast reel, fishing line, tackle, travel bag and even a hat.

Pros
  • Good Quality
  • Easy to Use  
Cons
  • The Rod Can be Difficult to retract  
Recommended Age

10 years old and up

What Makes this Stand Out

This rod comes with everything you need to begin fishing.

7
Kids Caster Youth Fishing Kit

Summary

This youth fishing kit comes with a 29.5 inch long rod, a spinning reel and 6 pound line. There is also a plastic plug so children can practice casting. These rods come with both a boys and girls theme.

Pros
  • This is a great beginner pole
  • Lightweight 
Cons
  • The reel sometimes will seize up 
Recommended Age

4 years and up

What Makes this Stand Out?

The fiberglass rod is actually quite strong

8
Leo Kids Fishing Kit

Summary

This telescopic fishing pole comes with a spin cast reel, tackle box, tackle and travel bag. This rod measures 4.9 feet long making this rod perfect for slightly older children.

Pros
  • Good quality rod
  • Nice tackle box  
Cons
  • The line gets hung up on some of these rods 
What Makes this Rod Stand Out

Some of the bait in the tackle box is unique compared to other kid’s fishing rods

9
Lvaen Fishing Pole

Summary

This fishing pole comes with a pre-spooled spin cast reel, line lures and foldable scissors. This rod is easy to cast and comes with a handy carry bag.

Pros
  • Rod is lightweight and portable
  • Comes with everything needed  
Cons
  • This pole seems to have few flaws 
Recommended Age

4 years and up

What Makes this Stand Out?

The foldable scissors that come with fishing poles come in handy and are unique to most kid’s fishing sets.

10
Shakespeare Ugly Stick Rod

Summary

This rod is 3 feet long and comes with a cork and EVA grip with a twist lock reel seat. It comes with a pre-spooled 6 pound line and a size 30 spinning wheel. The rod is made of graphite and fiberglass.

Pros
  • There is a nice flex to the rod
  • Well built  
Cons
  • The reel is poor quality 
Recommended Age

4 years and up

What Makes this Stand Out?

The flexibility of this rod makes it a favorite of most kids

Buyers Guide to Find Great Kids Fishing Poles

If you want to share your love of fishing with your children then introducing them early to the hobby is a good place to start. However, if you are looking for tips on choosing a proper fishing pole for your child then this buying guide may provide you with some help.

Size Matters

When it comes to fishing poles for children then size does matter because adult fishing poles are too long for young children to handle. A good rule of thumb is that the shorter the child, the shorter the pole is going to need to be.

Your child should be able to handle the pole easily and even be able to cast it after some practice.

Consider the type of Reel

There are normally two types of reels found on kids’ rods. Spincast reels, which are closed faced reels where the line releases with the push of a button. This type of reel makes casting easier for most beginners, especially for children under 6 years of age.

Spinning reel (open faced) are better suited to children who have some fishing experience and have at least mastered the art of casting.

Quality Counts

Kids rods sell for various prices and some are simply a rod and others are kits that contain the rod, reel and line, whatever rod you choose check the reviews to ensure that the rod you are purchasing is of a quality that gives you value for the price. Do keep in mind that you need to keep your expectations in sync with the cost since you can’t expect to get a $100 rod for $20.00 or $30.00.

Go With A Brand that You Trust

It is always better when buying a or anything to go with a brand that you trust. If you know that a brand tends to be reliable then chances are the rod you buy will be the quality you are looking for.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are purchasing a fishing rod for a youth as a Christmas or birthday present or simply for fishing during your vacation, one of the rods in this guide should work well to meet your child’s needs.

Sheryl Jackson

Sheryl is a grandmother who resides in Michigan. She has 3 adult children, many grandchildren and a large number of nieces and nephews. Sheryl is especially equipped to write about toys because she has been reviewing kids stuff for years and also buying toys for decades as a mother, grandmother, aunt and great aunt.

Sheryl has a keen eye for and extensive experience in selecting popular and high quality toys and gifts not only for her kids as they were growing up but for her grand children since her children are still having babies to this day, making her equally qualified in selecting good toys for not only teen and tweens but also babies.

She takes pride in not only finding the best toys for her grand kids but also in staying up-to-date on trends in the toy industry and keeping up with the latest new toys that come out each year.

Sheryl has extensive experience reviewing toys over the years and she excited to join the Pigtail Pals editorial team as their main contributor for their toy and gift guides from June 2020 forward! Sheryl has reviewed and updated all content written prior to her joining the Pigtail Pals team and made modifications where appropriate.