Because canoes tend to be more susceptible to wind and tipping, battling a fish in them can be a challenge. If you have a two-person canoe, your partner can paddle while you pull in the fish. If you're out by yourself, though, you'll need to master the skill by staying low and close to the center. But you can also make things easier by outfitting your canoe with an anchor or motor. Either of these can also be helpful when you're canoe fishing in a river with a quick current.
Plenty of anchor systems are available for purchase. But experts say you can easily make your own. One homemade option is to use ash wood with anchor hardware and secure it to the handle on the stern [source: Mitchell].
The other option, which is good for square-backed canoes, is to install a small motor. Of course, a motor will make noise that will scare fish, but you can choose to employ it once you're in the middle of battling a fish to maintain control of the boat.