How to Safely Wire Your Tackle Shed

Fishing tackle sheds provide anglers a convenient place to store gear, but they also come with some risks if not wired properly. As someone who loves fishing, I want my tackle shed fully outfitted, but safety is my top concern. Follow this comprehensive guide to learn how I safely wired my tackle shed from start to finish.

Selecting the Right Location

The first step is choosing an appropriate location for the tackle shed. Here are some key factors to consider:

After surveying my property, I chose a level shaded area 25 feet from my house that was perfect.

Hiring a Licensed Electrician

I strongly recommend hiring a licensed electrician to handle all wiring in the tackle shed. Although it may cost more upfront, the safety and peace of mind are worth it.

Some key reasons to hire a pro include:

I researched electricians in my area and selected a highly reviewed local company to wire the tackle shed.

Planning the Circuits and Wiring

The electrician will determine the specific circuits, wiring, and components needed based on factors like:

For my tackle shed, the electrician planned a 60-amp subpanel with multiple 20-amp circuits and GFCI outlets near water sources.

Running and Connecting the Wires

Here is the process for running wires from the breaker panel to the tackle shed:

The electrician trenched a path for buried conduit and pulled multiple wires through for the planned circuits. I assisted where needed.

Installing the Subpanel

The tackle shed requires its own subpanel to receive the incoming power feed:

With the subpanel installed, the incoming wires were ready to be connected.

Making the Final Connections

The last stage is connecting wires to outlets, lights, and equipment:

I watched closely as the electrician made all final connections quickly and professionally. Proper wiring was crucial.

Safety Checklist Before Use

Before putting the tackle shed into service, ensure safety with this checklist:

I followed this rigorously before storing any tackle to prevent accidents. Ongoing inspections provide peace of mind.


Wiring a tackle shed or any outlet building involves careful planning, high-quality components, and professional installation. But armed with the right knowledge, you can ensure the job is done safely while still powering your gear conveniently. Hiring a licensed electrician guarantees everything meets the latest codes too. Follow this comprehensive guide when wiring your next tackle shed project! Let me know if you have any other questions.