An inflatable pontoon boat is a brilliantly convenient way to get out onto the water. Just keep it packed away until you’re ready to use it. Then take it to your chosen location, get out that pump, and in minutes you’re ready to go!
But inflatable pontoons don’t come cheap. So if you’re looking to invest in one, you’ll want to make sure it’s right for you.
That’s where we can help! We’re going to look at seven of the best inflatable pontoon fishing boats out there right now. And we’ll tell you everything you need to know to make the perfect choice.
So if you’re ready, step this way for the cream of the crop!
The Colorado from Classic Accessories is an inflatable pontoon where everything is geared towards fishing. It’s finished in sage and black to help you blend into the grassy banks of inland waterways.
It’s 108 inches long by 56 inches wide. The height to the top of the built-in seat is 26 inches. It’s a heavy-duty craft, with a PVC bottom that will resist abrasion. The top is nylon and the frame is powder coated to prevent corrosion.
That frame also features two bronze oarlocks, and it comes with two two-piece, 7-feet-long oars. The oar stand provides the flexibility to mount your rod holders in three different positions.
The bladders are designed to resist damage from either hot or cold temperatures. And the valves allow fast inflation and deflation.
There’s plenty of storage here too: 12 pockets with zippers, 10 mesh pockets and two insulated drinks holders. At the back, there’s a large storage rack with a battery platform and weatherproof motor mount. And there’s a detachable foam fly patch, so you can get to your gear easily.
Other neat features include tow rings and non-slip, adjustable footrests. The seat has padding for comfort. And there’s a dual-side stripping apron with fish ruler that allows entry and exit without unclipping.
It comes with all the labels required by the American Boat and Yacht Council. And it rides high, so it’s easily seen by other craft.
So is there anything not to like?
Well, if you want your seat to swivel, you’ll need to buy an upgrade. And the motor mount being at the rear makes it a little awkward to use. You can change the position if you find it’s a problem – check out the videos on YouTube.
Plenty of storage
Adjustable footrests and a padded seat
The seat doesn’t swivel
The rear position of the motor mount is a little awkward.
If you’re looking for a fishing pontoon with room for two check out the FoldCat from Sea Eagle. This 148-inch by 54-inch pontoon will carry two adults with a combined weight of up to 650 pounds.
It will work with a gas engine of up to 3 horsepower, with a shaft of at least 20 inches. If you’re using an electric motor, the capacity is 70 pounds thrust and the shaft needs to be at least 30 inches. In both cases, the maximum weight is 45 pounds.
The boat is designed to be inflated to a pressure of 3.2 psi. It comes with a foot pump to do the job. Sea Eagle say inflation and assembly can be completed in 10 minutes, but that might be a little optimistic.
The boat is constructed from reinforced 1,000 denier, so it’s strong. It might pick up a few scrapes, but it’s resistant to tearing.
The whole structure is designed to be assembled without requiring nuts and bolts. There are four underbars which sit beneath the aluminum cross boards. Once inflated, this results in a solid fishing platform across the whole boat.
The seats here are 360-degree swivel seats. One has a 7-inch pedestal, and both have padding on both seat and back.
There are also raised oar locks, four Scotty rod holders and mounts, and a casting bar. The latter can be folded away when not in use.
What it doesn’t have, though, are any pockets for storage. And there’s also no platform here for a battery. If you’re using a standard trolling motor with separate battery, you’ll need to find your own way to secure it.
Big enough for two people, with a solid fishing platform
360-degree swivel seats with padding on seats and backs
Comes with a casting bar that can be folded away when not in use
The 8.5-foot 2021 Backpack Series from AQUOS is a single-person pontoon – and it’s not cheap! It comes in at twice the price of the Colorado. So what do you get for your money?
Well, it’s fairly lightweight at only 62 pounds. And it can be separated into different parts, so it’s easily portable. You’ll be able to fit it into any reasonably sized trunk.
The seat is a definite step up from the Colorado. It’s a fully padded fold-up that swivels through 360 degrees. And you can adjust the seat height from 9.6 to 13 inches.
There’s a solid aluminum fishing deck measuring 63 inches by 27.5 inches. An EVA mat sits on top to prevents slips. You’ll also get two oars.
Also included is a Haswing 12-volt 55-pound thrust trolling motor. This can be mounted at the bow and offers five forward and three reverse speeds. It’s suitable for use in saltwater or freshwater.
Storage is provided by a fishing bag that can be hung from the guard bar. It has holders for two rods at the front and two at the back. There’s a pocket for a bottle, three for tools, stainless steel hanging rings and a bait bag.
You’ll also get a waterproof zippered storage bag, designed to sit at the side. It’s a handy solution to keep clothes or electrical devices safe and dry.
The boat itself is designed to be able to be folded up and to fit in a backpack. But note that it can’t defy the laws of physics! Accessories like the fishing seat, guard bar and trolling motor will still need to be packed separately.
Note too that you’ll need to buy your own battery for the trolling motor. You’ll need a 12-volt 105-amp hour Deep Cycle battery.
Lightweight and portable
Comes with its own trolling motor
Handy fishing bag provides rod and tool storage
Although the boat can fit into a backpack, you’ll still need to find a way to transport the seat and other accessories
You’ll need to buy the battery for the trolling motor separately.
The 285 from Sea Eagle is an inflatable fishing pontoon that doesn’t have a frame. That makes it easy to transport and quick to assemble.
The hull weighs just 30 pounds. The motor mount and floorboards bring that to 42 pounds. It can be folded up and carried in its own large shoulder bag. And you can inflate and assemble it in just 5 minutes.
It’s made from reinforced 1,000 denier with quadruple overlapping glued seams to keep it watertight. Wooden floorboards can be installed in just a few seconds to provide a solid fishing platform.
There are two Scotty rod holders and mounts at the stern, plus raised oar locks, a fish ruler and a mesh stripping apron. The chair has a 7-inch pedestal and swivels through 360 degrees. It’s padded on both the seat and back.
Note that it’s not particularly big, though. That means that taller users may find their legs at odd angles if they’re not facing directly forwards. The relatively narrow interior also presents some challenges for fly casting.
You’ll need to buy your own engine separately. If you choose gas, it can handle up to 3 horsepower, or 55-pound thrust for electric. The shaft needs to be at least 30 inches long, and it should weigh no more than 45 pounds.
Very lightweight and portable
Wooden floorboards provide a solid fishing platform
Comes with two Scotty rod holders, a fish ruler and a mesh stripping apron
Not the most comfortable for taller users, unless you’re facing directly forwards
Not particularly wide, which can be a challenge for fly casting.
This 10.8-foot inflatable from BRIS is a cross between a dinghy and a pontoon. It’s not specifically designed for fishing. But if you want a vessel that offers speed as well as stability, it’s a good option.
It’s made of high quality 1,100 Dtex 0.9 mm PVC fabric, which will resist rips and tears. All the seams are heat welded, so they’ll cope with freshwater, saltwater and high humidity. Most are also quadruple overlapped.
There’s a marine plywood transom for an outboard motor. Double layers of fabric at the bottom of the tubes provide added protection. There are built-in oar locks and a pad to secure the gas tank.
Aluminum floor panels provide stability, and the seating is on two aluminum benches. Also included in the package are two aluminum oars, a foot pump, a repair kit and a carrying bag.
It can take a motor with a maximum of 15 horsepower. It will carry up to four adults and a child, or a maximum of 1213 pounds.
We have heard of the occasional issue with a valve leaking air. And it’s fairly heavy, so if you’ll be using it regularly, it may be worth investing in a trailer.
All BRIS boats come with a three-year manufacturers’ warranty, and this one has a 30-day money-back guarantee too.
Can carry up to four adults and a child
Includes aluminum benches and aluminum floor panels for stability
Can take a motor with up to 15 horsepower
We’ve heard of occasional reports of valves leaking air
The YILI from Rohumty is an innovative design that can be carried on your back to your favorite fishing spot.
Although described as a pontoon, it’s really more of a tube. You use it with step-in fins, included as part of the package. It’s a cost-effective alternative to a more conventional pontoon fishing boat.
Despite being small, it can carry up to 286 pounds and packs in lots of features. There’s a fish ruler, waterproof side storage bag, EVA foam board for fishhooks, and rear storage net.
The seat is inflatable and comes with a strap and buckle to keep you secure. There’s also a rope that allows you to adjust the angle of the backrest.
It comes with an oar that can be disassembled into three sections for easier storage. And there’s a rod holder and rack for up to four rods.
It’s 40.55 inches wide, 51.18 inches from front to back, and 18.11 inches tall to the top of the seat. It’s made of 600 denier Oxford fabric that will resist abrasions. And a hand pump and four nozzles are included in the package.
Everything comes in a black waterproof bag. Adjustable shoulder straps make it easy to transport like a backpack.
The seat isn’t the heaviest duty option out there. And we’ve heard of some issues with the pump working properly. But notwithstanding these minor niggles, this is a great value fishing tube.
You can easily carry the whole thing on your back
Comes with an oar and plenty of storage for such a small craft
Comfortable seat with adjustable back rest
The seat isn’t particularly heavy-duty
The pump supplied with the package isn’t the best quality.
This 12-foot dinghy from BRIS shares many similar features to the 10.8-foot version reviewed earlier.
It’s made of the same heavy duty 1,100 Dtex 0.9 mm PVC fabric. All the seams are heat welded and some are quadruple overlapped. And it comes with the same three-year manufacturer’s warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee.
The bottom of the tubes have two layers of fabric for extra protection. Aluminum floor panels provide a stable deck. But as you’d expect, the extra length means the capacity here is greater. Aluminum benches provide seating for up to 5 adults, or a total weight of 1322 pounds.
It will take a slightly more powerful motor too – up to 20 horsepower. It weighs in at 132 pounds.
This is pretty big – the weight means you might need to invest in a trailer. And you’ll need deep pockets. It’s the most expensive option on our list.
Will carry up to 5 adults or a total weight of 1322 pounds
Can take a motor with up to 20 horsepower
Comes with a three-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee
At 132 pounds, you might need a trailer to get it from A to B