Top Tackle Bags of 2017

Fishing Tackle / Tackle Boxes / February 17, 2017

You have heard of Tackle Boxes, but what about Tackle Bags? Enjoy finding out more as we examine the Top Tackle Bags of 2017.

When you think of a tackle box, you think of a study, hard, plastic container. A tackle bag is just the opposite. It is soft, durable and easy to carry and fill any spot in your vehicle to get you to your favorite fishing hole.

Below is a list of our Top Tackle Bags of 2017.

Top Tackle Bags of 2017


Allen Platte River Fishing Gear Bag


The Allen Platte River Fishing Gear Bag is a great classic tackle bag.



This tackle bag comes with a reasonably cheap price. Its got large storage capacity for gear and lure boxes. The bag had two side pockets and a large front pocket. There are mesh pockets inside the main cavity.

The River Fishing Gear Bag has a nice padded shoulder strap so it shouldn’t wear your shoulder out. There are multiple smaller zipper compartments for odds and ends along with buckles meant to secure your gear even better. Unlike a lot of other tackle bags, there are built in rod tube carry straps.

Other Features include:

  • Dimensions: 17″ x 10.5″ x 11″
  • Built in rod tube carry straps
  • High-viz lining to help you locate what you need in any lighting condition
  • Includes a padded, removable shoulder strap
  • Built-in rod tube straps, multiple interior and exterior pockets
  • Heavy-duty molded zippers, removable shoulder strap
This tackle bag is great if you’re looking for something practical and durable. Your gear is in good hands with Platte’s Tackle Bag
Estimated Price: $45.00


Wild River by CLC Tackle Tek Nomad Backpack

It’s safe to say the Wild River by CLC Tackle Tek Nomad Backpack is the most insane tackle box Tackle Reports has come across. The Nomad is a single solution backpack tackle bag. 

This bag has a 3 level LED light system so you’ll never have to dig through your tackle box in the dark again. It comes WITH a 5000mAh rechargeable USB power supply so you can charge any mobile device to document your catches. It comes with External and internal mesh pockets to allow you to view contents easily. Removable plier holders go from bag to belt so your pliers are easy to find. The bag has webloops to secure tools. There are Base pads on the bottom of the bag to reduce wear and tear as well as keep the bag dry.

Worried about your sunglasses no longer! There is a permanently mounted molded sunglass holder on the very top of the bag.

There is plenty of room in this bag for gear. It can hold 6 medium #3600 trays and 4 #3500 trays. Most of the storage is present in the main bag compartment. The top compartment could hold trays if you so choose, however, we’ve found the top compartment is the location for best housing your extra line, reels, and accessories.

There’s a solar panel clip on option in the off chance you’re seriously hurting for power but you’ll have to buy it separately.


This high tech tackle bag does come with some cost but it is good enough quality that you won’t need to buy another tackle bag for years.

The Charger for the Wild River by CLC WT3604 Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack with Four PT3600 Trays is available for purchase: Here.


Estimated Price: $145

Wild River by CLC WT3702 Tackle Tek Frontier Tackle Bag

The Wild River by CLC WT3702 Tackle Tek Frontier Tackle Bag is the second Wild River fishing bag on our list. This bag has a lot of similarities to the 1st Wild River bag on our list but it has a few imporant  exceptions.

Similar to the Nomad, this bag comes with a few convenient features:

  • Removable plier holder
  • External mesh pockets
  • Base pads to reduce wear and help keep bag clean and dry
  • Web loops to secure tool
  • Permanently mounted molded sunglass holder
  • Clear internal pocket to keep your maps and licenses visible but dry

Unlike the Nomad, this is a proper tackle bag. The Frontier has a large padded strap worn over the shoulder like other tackle bags. If you’re not much a fan of the shoulder strap, utilize the sturdy handlebar with rotating grip bag design. The Frontier also has a few unique design features which set it apart from other tackle bags like:

  • Removable self-retracting steel cable lanyard for clippers or small tools
  • Integrated LED light system with three light levels powered by two AAA batteries (included)
  • Extra pocket for beverage storage

This is the first tackle bag we have ever seen that comes with a dedicated beverage storage which is great for those hot days on the lake or dock.

The Frontier has one large compartment to store Five PT3700 Trays, included with purchase. That is plenty room for you to store as much tackle as you can think of.

This bag isn’t water proof but you can easily buy some water resistance spray yourself to help improve any water resistance.

Estimated Price: $150

Umpqua Steamboat 1200 ZS Sling Pack


The Umpqua Steamboat 1200 ZS Sling Pack is a actually a fly bag but don’t let that shy you away from it if you’re not a fly fisherman.

The Steamboat ZS carries like a fully supported backpack leaving your chest unencumbered and giving clear line of sight. An ideally placed thumb-loop allows easy “slinging” back-to-front to grab any necessities. A large main compartment hold enough room for small Plano boxes, accessories, or a light rain coat. A middle box pocket can hold a few large fly boxes or small Plano boxes. A sleek front pocket helps organizes and smaller items or accessories.


  • Two External stretch-mesh Tippet/Accessory Pockets
  • D-ring and web loops for net attachment
  • Internal Key Clip
  • Closed-foot Sliders
  • 420 denier nylon body fabric and Ballistic Cordura® in high wear locations

There is plenty of storage for the prudent angler regardless of whether or not you use this for fly fishing. The Umpqua Steamboat balances size, flexibility, and convenience quite well.

However if all of that isn’t enough and you’re still looking for more storage, you would probably be better off with one of our other products.

Estimated Price: $110

Dr. Fish Tackle Bag

This Dr. Fish Tackle Bag is made of high quality heavy duty water-resistant fabric. With extra firm stitches and a zipper lock, this tackle bag absolutely withstand long-term use in harsh conditions. It also features above average dust and stain resistance.  has a special deal going on right now and it’s hard to beat.

This Tackle bag is padded for comfortable wearing.

It comes with two straps, a detachable, adjustable, and padded strap for your shoulder and a waist strap. The two belt approach enables a snug fit, ensuring the bag won’t swing back and forth when moving.

Right now, this bag comes with a sweet offer.

This tackle bag comes with an added 60 free fishing lures like…

  • Spinners
  • Spoons
  • Soft Lures
  • Crankbaits
  • Popper
  • Rooster tails
  • Swimbaits

With the Dr. Fish Tackle Bag, what you see is what you get. It is simple, durable, and comes with free lures. 6 pockets all reinforced on the outside with solid padding. This bag is rugged, small, and simple. Its the best tackle bag for new fisherman.

Estimated Cost: $60


Final Thoughts

Tackle Bags are growing in popularity because of the easy portability and added features that can’t quite be added to a normal tackle box. Each bag serves a purpose and each design can make your fishing trips much more organized and stress free. The ease of carrying a tackle bag and the utility that comes with some of them is something that really elevates the tackle bag over the tackle box. Although tackle bags don’t always come with the sturdiness, rigidity, and security of a tackle box, they’re still a great choice.


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