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6 Best Online Fishing Stores in Canada (A Helpful Guide)

6 Best Online Fishing Stores in Canada (A Helpful Guide)

Fishing is one of Canada’s most popular outdoor activities and more and Canadians get into this wonderful hobby. But as the internet is so vast, finding the right place to buy your gear isn’t always that easy, especially if you’re a beginner. That’s why I wrote this helpful guide on the best online fishing stores in Canada.

All of the fishing stores included in this article are well-established and trusted brands that offer a large variety of fishing tackle and outstanding customer service, which is of course why they are so successful and popular.

What you can read in this article is a short informative description of every store, as well as the following essential information:

  • gear selection
  • shipping costs
  • payment methods
  • customer service

I really hope that all of this information will help you make a more informed decision when it comes to purchasing your fishing gear online.

Let’s get right to it and check out those online tackle stores, shall we!

Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops are two of North America’s biggest tackle stores and since Bass Pro Shops acquired their main competitor Cabela’s back in 2017, their combined market share has increased even more.

This online store is 100% geared towards fishing and there’s basically nothing that Cabela’s/BPS doesn’t offer. From fishing gear to camping, hunting, and clothing; they’ve got it all!

Their webshop is both huge and at the same time extremely organized and easily navigated, which gives you a very nice user experience.

They’ve also got a ton of great offers and many periods of sales, which means that you can buy pretty cheap high-quality tackle if you time it right!

Here’s what Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shop’s got installed for you:

Gear Selection

  • Rods&reels
  • ice fishing
  • fly fishing
  • saltwater fishing
  • jigs&rigs
  • lines
  • lures&rigs
  • tackle storage
  • boat gear
  • nets
  • fishing tools
  • waders
  • fishing kayaks
  • and much more!

Shipping Costs

Order Value Standard Service
$0-$25.00 $9.95
$25.01-$50.00 $12.95
$50.01-$100.00 $14.95
$100.01-$150.00 $16.95
$150.01-$200.00 $18.95
$200.01-$300.00 $20.95
Over $300.00 $21.95

For more information, please visit Cabela’s and BPS’s Shipping section.

Payment Methods

  • Money order
  • Bank draft
  • Visa
  • Master Card
  • American Express
  • Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops Canada gift cards

Customer Service

Phone: 1-800-265-6245

Gagnon Sports

Gagnon Sports is an Ontario-based family-owned and operated fishing company that also has a really great webshop. They cover both fishing and hunting gear, as well as a large assortment of outdoor clothing.

They’ve been at it since 1973 and have managed to build up something really unique and solid!

Their online store offers tackle from well-known brands such as Daiwa, Shimano, Berkley, Okuma, Fenwick, and Abu Garcia, which spells top-quality fishing gear!

They have a really awesome and kind customer service and a staff that is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Let’s take a closer look at what Gagnon Sports’ webshop has to offer:

Gear Selection

  • Rods
  • Reels
  • Combos
  • Jigs, lures, and baits
  • Accessories
  • Lines and leaders
  • Pike and muskie tackle
  • Tackle boxes and bags
  • Fly fishing
  • Trolling gear
  • Electronics
  • Clothing
  • Carp Tackle

Shipping Costs

Pickup in store Free
Canada Post $15
FedEx $30

Payment Methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal

Customer Service

Amazon

Naturally, the world’s biggest online retailer will also have to be included in this list. Amazon has a gigantic fishing section that basically covers everything you could possibly think of when it comes to fishing tackle.

Of course, the best thing about Amazon is its “everything store” concept, which allows you to purchase not only fishing tackle but also various other products that you may need.

On the other hand, the vast abundance of products can also make it somewhat difficult to navigate through Amazon and find exactly what you’re looking for, especially if you’re a beginner.

A tip here is to use both Amazon’s search bar and Google’s, in case Amazon doesn’t give you the right results. Very often, they’ve got the gear you’re looking for, but their search engine sometimes doesn’t find it.

If that happens, go to Google and type the following into the search bar: Product Name + amazon.ca. More often than not, you’ll get to the right product page via this simple path.

Also, as Amazon doesn’t have any product expertise and in-depth knowledge, make sure to always check the respective product’s review section. Most commonly, there’s a lot of really helpful info in there!

Here’s what Amazon has to offer:

Gear Selection

Virtually anything from fishing the smallest hooks and slip bobbers to reels and rods, fish finders, kayaks, ice shanties, boat motors, and…well, whatever you’re searching for!

Shipping Costs

Shipping rates and times depend on the shipping speed and the weight/size of the items you purchase.

Here’s how you can check shipping rates and times for your order:

  1. Select Proceed to checkout.
  2. Select or add your shipping address.
  3. Select a shipping speed and select Continue.
  4. Select a payment method and select Continue.

The total shipping & handling cost, as well as the estimated date of delivery, is listed under Order Summary.

For more detailed information, please visit Amazon’s Shipping Rates and Times for Canada section.

Payment Methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Amazon gift cards

Customer Service

Amazon has a really helpful and detailed customer service section that includes:

  • Tracking, Editing, or Cancelling Orders
  • Returns and Refunds
  • Digital Service and Device Support
  • Payments and Gift Cards
  • Safe Online Shopping
  • Direct customer service contact

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Pokey’s Tackle Shop

Having grown from humble beginnings back in 1986 to a really large and well-established tackle store, Pokey’s Tackle Shop offers one of Canada’s most complete gear selections, great prices, and superb customer service.

Their team of experts knows exactly what works best in waters all over Canada, no matter the species or conditions, and Pokey’s staff is focused on helping you, the customer, get exactly what you need for your next fishing trip.

Something that really sticks out when it comes to their gear assortment is the special focus on top-quality trolling motors, sonars, and battery chargers, which is exactly what modern anglers need in this day and age of high-tech fishing gear.

Their well-organized carp tackle section is another great plus of this online tackle shop.

Let’s take a closer look at what Pokey’s has to offer:

Gear Selection

  • rods
  • reels
  • rod/reel combos
  • baits and lures
  • lines
  • hooks
  • clothing
  • fly fishing
  • carp tackle
  • sonar/GPS
  • battery chargers
  • trolling motors
  • ice fishing

Shipping Costs

Standard shipping: $12.95

Free shipping Canada wide: over $99

For more detailed information on shipping rates and surcharges, please visit Pokey’s Tackle’s Shipping Rates section.

Payment Methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard

Customer Service

Pro Tackle

Pro Tackle Fishing is another really cool Ontario-based fishing store that has taken its online presence to a completely new level.

They don’t have one, but three major webshops covering both musky, walleye and salmon, and bass fishing. That’s a giant selection of tackle right there!

This unique threefold focus has led to a highly specialized selection of fishing tackle, which is something seasoned pros especially seem to enjoy.

I would go as far as to say that they offer one of the most advanced tackle selections in all of Canada! But I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Here’s what Pro Tackle Fishing can give you:

Gear Selection

  • rods
  • reels
  • jigs, spoons, baits, and lures
  • lines
  • nets
  • hooks
  • clothing
  • tackle boxes
  • terminal tackle

Shipping Costs

Flat rate shipping: depends on the size/weight of your order. For standard packages, a shipping rate of $15 applies. Free shipping over $150 (excludes large items).

Pick up at their store in Belleville: Free

Payment Methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover

Customer Service

Wallmart

Wallmart is yet another general retailer that also offers plenty of fishing tackle. They don’t have much of the high-end stuff but if you’re a beginner, Walmart is a good starting point.

As they are such a big and well-established brand, they can afford to sell fishing tackle at really affordable prices, which suits anglers with a limited budget particularly well.

I especially like their kids fishing section, as you can find a lot of simple gear to get the little ones started with.

Let’s see what else Walmart has in store for you:

Gear Selection

  • Rod&reel combos
  • Lures and baits
  • Tackle boxes
  • Fishing Accessories
  • Hooks and lines
  • Ice fishing

Shipping Costs

Shipping OptionsCosts and Fees
Home Delivery$5.97 Shipping Fee + $5 Order Handling Fee
on orders under $25 before taxes

$5.97 Shipping Fee
on orders above $25 and below $35 before taxes
FREE
on orders above $35 before taxes
Walmart PickupFREE Pickup + $5 Order Handling Fee
on orders under $25 before taxes
FREE Pickup
on orders above $25 before taxes

Payment Methods

  • Mastercard (including Walmart Rewards™ Mastercard®)
  • Walmart Canada Gift Cards
  • Visa
  • Visa Debit
  • American Express
  • PayPal

Customer Service

Walmart has a well-organized help center to assist you with any problems or questions you might have. This center includes the following categories:

  • Order status
  • Returns
  • Shipping and delivery
  • Account settings

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