How Long Should Fishing Line Be for a Cane Pole?

Cane poles are a traditional and popular method for recreational fishing. In order to get the most out of your cane pole, it is important to know what size and length of line will give you the best performance. The length of line you choose will depend on where you are fishing, the type of fish you are trying to catch, and your own personal preference.

When fishing in shallow waters, a shorter line is generally preferred. This allows for more control over your line, making it easier to pick up strikes when they occur. For example, if you are fishing in a pond or lake with a depth of only a few feet then using a 10-15 foot line would be ideal.

In deeper waters, longer lines can be advantageous as they allow for more distance between the hook and the fisher. This can be especially helpful when trying to catch larger fish that may be lurking at greater depths. In this case, a 15-20 foot line should serve your needs well.

Line Thickness

In addition to considering the length of line for your cane pole, it is also important to consider the thickness or “pound test” of the line as well. Thicker lines will allow for heavier weights and larger fish but may also reduce sensitivity when detecting bites.

Thinner lines will provide better sensitivity but may not be strong enough to handle larger catches. It is best to use lighter lines when fishing in shallow waters and heavier lines when fishing in deeper waters or Targeting larger species of fish.


The length and thickness of your fishing line are important considerations when using a cane pole for recreational fishing purposes. Generally speaking, shorter lines should be used in shallow waters while longer lines should be used in deeper waters or when Targeting larger species of fish.

Additionally, thinner lines should be used in shallow water situations while thicker lines are better suited for deep water situations or when Targeting larger catches. With careful consideration given to these factors, you can ensure that you get the most out of your cane pole and have an enjoyable day on the water!

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Michael Allen