DIY Kayak Fishing Crate: How to Make One On Your Own

Kayaking is a fun and rewarding hobby, but you should come prepared. In this case, you should have the knowledge and skills necessary, and more importantly, you need to have the required equipment. There are several things that you will need, not just your kayak. You need to have a comfortable seat, the right fishing rod, and suitable baits, among others. There is also one thing that is often overlooked despite its importance – kayak fishing crate.

kayak fishing crate

A crate is an essential for every kayak fishing trip because it helps in organizing your stuff. It will provide a central location for the gears that you should bring with you. This means that you can easily access everything and you will not easily lose your tools. You can keep several things in the kayak fishing crate include tackle boxes, jackets, and dry bags, among others. The size of the crate will dictate what you can keep inside.

While there are many materials that are used, one of the most popular is a milk crate. The latter has grated bottoms and sides, which means that you can drain water easily. While you can buy crates that are already made, it is better if you make one on your own. This is not only cheaper, but you will have the freedom to design it based on your needs and preferences.

Clueless about how to make your own kayak fishing crate? Keep on reading the rest of this post and we will share with you the easy steps that you must follow.

  1.     Gather the Materials You Will Need

The first thing that you should do is to prepare the things that you will use to create your DIY crate.

  •         Plastic milk crate
  •         PVC pipe
  •         Zip-ties
  •         Bungee chords
  •         Grate
  •         Adhesive
  •         Saw
  •         Drill with ¼ inch bit
  •         Sandpaper
  1.     Cut the PVC

The PVC will act as the rod holder. You can use different lengths depending on what you will need. For this post, however, we will use a 5-feet PVC. Cut it into segments, with each segment measuring 20 inches. You can make it shorter or longer depending on your personal preference.

On each segment, on one end, mark at 5/8 inch wide slot and on the other end, mark about 4 to 6 inches of length. Trace the lines connecting to the two ends and have it carefully cut with your saw. You can also use a dremel as an alternative. You should do this with thorough care to prevent the PVC from breaking.

Sand the edges of the pipe to remove any sharp edges. One thing that you can also do is to wrap the end of the PVC with duct tape just to make it look better.

  1.     Attach the PVC to the Crate

Now that you have already cut the PVC, proceed to connecting it to the milk crate. Attach it on the side of the crate where there are no handle openings so that you can still have it carried easily in and out of the fishing kayak.

When attaching the PVC, make sure that the open part is on the top and the covered part is on the bottom. Based on the position of the three pipes, drill holes on the crate. Drill two holes on the upper side of each pipe and another two holes in the bottom. Position the PVC and have it secured with the zip-ties. See to it that it is securely fitted. Repeat this until you are done with all the pipes in your kayak fishing crate.

  1.     Create your Own Lid

After having the PVC pipes attached, the next thing that you should do is to build a lid. You can customize it based on your wants, but preferably, you should use a grated lid. The latter is better not only because it is see-through, but also because water can easily pass through.

There are different materials that you can use for the lid, but for this post, we use a metal shelving from an old refrigerator. There are other materials that you can use depending on what is available. Cut the lid it so that it will fit in your kayak fishing crate. Once it is cut, you also have the option to have it spray painted depending on what color you want.

On the sides of the crate, mark three holes. This is where the lid will pivot. Once the holes are drilled, attach the lid to the crate using your zip-ties. On the other end, meanwhile, find a spot where you can have the bungee cord attached.

  1.     Strap Your Crate

One the lid has been attached, proceed to securing the crate in its positon in the kayak. This is important to prevent the crate from moving as you paddle. If it moves, there is a risk that all the contents will scatter and your kayak fishing crate will end up being useless.

Before strapping, you also have the option to place a foam on the bottom in between the crate and the floor of the kayak. Connect the bungees on the upper part of the crate.

  1.     Place your Gears and Start Fishing

By now, you are already done with your kayak fishing crate! It is time to put your gears in the crate and start hitting the water. Think about where you will position the gears. It may be quite difficult at first, but once you get used to the crate that you have built, it will be easier to figure out where to place each gear. Also, pay attention to any problem or design flaw and have it corrected immediately to make the most out of your crate.


In sum, a DIY kayak fishing crate is not that hard to make, if you are aware of the right steps. Gather your materials and follow the instructions mentioned above. Sooner, you will have a crate that will make it possible to stay organized!

James R. Douglas