Best Fishing Kayak Paddles For 2022

Buyer’s Guide | Kayak Angler

Fishing kayak paddles are some of the toughest gear on Earth. A capable paddle must be strong enough to cram into a rock or push off a dock, with the performance to move a heavy fishing kayak quickly and efficiently. Luckily, the latest generation of paddles is purpose-built to take the abuse and come out shining.

Get ahead of the game with the latest and greatest kayak paddles from top brands like Accent, Bending Branches, Wilderness Systems and more. Take a look at the list below for paddles that perform well and look great.



Best Kayak Paddles For Fishing

Crank Bait fishing kayak paddle from Accent PaddlesAccent Paddles

Crank Bait

$315 |

The Crank Bait from Accent Paddles is a first for fishermen wanting to take it to the next level. The Crank Bait is a carbon foam core kayak paddle that looks and performs like no other.

With the Advantage Grip Technology, paddlers receive all the benefits of bent shaft technology to keep you on the water longer. With ABS edge protection and full blade graphics, you will be the talk on the water.

Watch Kayak Angler Magazine’s video review of Accent Paddles Crank Bait specs and features. View all Accent paddles.

Assault Hand Paddle from Backwater PaddlesBackwater Paddles

Assault Hand Paddle

$29 |

The Assault Hand Paddle is lightweight and compact, designed for single-handed use. Patented hook-and-teeth blade design provides unmatched versatility on the water. Hook for grabbing, snatching and pulling, teeth for shoving and pushing. Raised blade graphics. OD Green for stealth and Hi-vis Orange for safety. 100-percent guaranteed.


Assassin from Backwater Paddles

Backwater Paddles

Assassin Kayak Paddle

$159 |

The Assassin Kayak Paddle is designed for the paddle sportsman requiring the utmost in stealth and mobility. The patented hook-and-teeth blade design delivers one of the most versatile paddles ever manufactured. The hook provides for grabbing, snatching, pulling and the teeth provide positive purchase when shoving or pushing. Adjustable carbon fiber shaft. Raised blade graphics. 100% guaranteed.


Angler Pro fishing kayak paddle from Bending BranchesBending Branches

Angler Pro in GlowTek

$299 |

The six-time Angler Paddle of the Year, Angler Pro from Bending Branches now comes in a shiny new color with the GlowTek pattern. Designed by the ProStaff fishing team, GlowTek offers the visibility anglers desire with the performance they need. Anglers buy Bending Branches paddles because they know and trust the reliability, but are always delightfully surprised by the effortless weight. Now available in 270- and 280-centimeter sizes.

Watch Kayak Angler Magazine’s video review of Bending Branches Angler Pro in GlowTek specs and features. View all Bending Branches paddles.


Magic Angler paddle from Carlisle PaddlesCarlisle Paddles

Magic Angler

$119 |

The Magic Angler from Carlisle Paddles features a powerful blade, durable shaft. Fiberglass-reinforced nylon blades provide a slightly stiffer yet efficient stroke that is further supported by an aluminum shaft.

For paddlers that need a bit more strength and durability from their paddle, the Magic is the recreational paddle of choice.

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Tarpon Glass fishing kayak paddle from Wilderness SystemsWilderness Systems

Tarpon Glass Paddle

$289 |

Introducing the Tarpon paddle—the optimal propulsion for the new Tarpon series kayaks from Wilderness Systems.

The Tarpon blade features an optimized shape that provides the ideal angle of entry into the water, a large 640-cm2 power face for responsive boat control, and an asymmetric dihedral for smooth, efficient, flutter-free strokes.

View all Wilderness Systems paddles.


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Part the waters with these strong and stylish kayak fishing paddles. | Feature photo: Courtesy of Ocean Kayak