What Size Fishing Pole Does My Child Need?

When it comes to fishing, the size of the pole does matter. An adult sized pole may be too big and difficult for a small child to handle, and may not give them the control they need to reel in a fish. On the other hand, a pole that is too small can be just as ineffective. It’s important to get your child the right size fishing pole for their age and skill level.

Children under five years old should start out with a short, light-weight rod with an easy-to-handle reel. These types of rods tend to be smaller in size and are easier for young kids to hold and maneuver. They also have shorter handles that make it easier for little ones to cast their line into the water without losing balance or control over their rod.

Older children from five to eight years old can move up to a mid-sized rod with a slightly larger reel.

These poles are usually about five feet long and are designed for more experienced fishermen. The larger reel allows for more accurate casting and greater control over heavier lines.

For children aged nine years old and older, full-sized rods are recommended. These poles are typically six feet long or longer and come with either spinning reels or baitcasting reels, depending on the type of fishing they plan on doing. Full-sized rods offer more power than smaller ones, making them ideal for catching larger fish.

No matter what type of fishing pole you choose for your child, it’s important that they get comfortable using it before they go out on their own. Practice casting in your backyard or at a nearby park so they can get used to handling the rod before taking it out on the water.


Choosing the right size fishing pole for your child is important in order for them to have an enjoyable experience while fishing. For children under five years old, look for short, lightweight rods with an easy-to-handle reel; five-to-eight year olds should use mid-sized poles with slightly larger reels; older kids nine and up should use full-sized rods with either spinning or baitcasting reels depending on their desired type of fishing.

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Lindsay Collins