Fishing is a popular pastime enjoyed by people of all ages all over the world. However, like any sport there are risks involved – one of which is the possibility of losing your fishing reel. If your reel doesn’t lock, this can be a major problem as it means you can’t reel in your catch, and may have to resort to using your hands to do so. In this article we’ll show you how to fix a fishing reel that won’t lock.

Causes of a Fishing Reel that Won’t Lock

If you’re having trouble getting your fishing reel to lock in place, there are a few things you can check. This includes making sure the line is properly tensioned, lubricating the bearings, and cleaning the spool and gears. If none of these solutions work, it may be time for a new reel.

Fixing a Fishing Reel that Won’t Lock

There are a few things that you can do to fix a fishing reel that won’t lock. Some of these solutions may work for you, while others may not. Here are some tips:

  1. Check the line tension on your reel. If the line is too tight, it can cause the reel to not lock. If the line is too loose, it can also cause the reel to not lock. Try adjusting the tension until your reel locks into place.
  2. Check for worn gears or bearings in your reel. If these components are worn out, they may not be able to keep up with the demands of the line, causing the reel to not lock. Replace these parts as necessary.
  3.  Try lubricating your gears and bearings with a light oil or grease. This will help them move more freely and prevent them from becoming stuck.
  4.  Clean off any debris or dirt that may be obstructing the workings of your reel. This will help ensure that your reel will lock into place properly.


If you’re having trouble fixing your fishing reel that won’t lock, follow these steps:

  1.  Make sure the spool is properly tightened. Loosen the spool slightly by hand and check to see if the line will pull out easily when you turn the reel wheel. If it does, tighten the spool screws until it doesn’t pull out anymore.
  2.  Remove any dirt, debris or rust from around the gears and bearings inside the reel motor using a wire brush or a can of compressed air.
  3.  Inspect each gear for wear and tear; if there is significant damage, it’s likely that one or more of the gears are broken and need to be replaced. Once you have determined which gear(s) needs to be replaced, remove them using a screwdriver (preferably with some WD-40 handy in case something goes wrong).
  4.  Reinstall the new gear(s) into their respective locations using a Phillips head screwdriver (the same type used to adjust tension on your fishing line). Make sure they are seated deep within their threads so they don’t come loose over time.