An electronic game controller enables a game player to play a fishing game and to control an electronic game device. The electronic game controller resembles an actual rod and reel. The reel includes an electronic circuit for sensing pushbutton switches which are depressed by the game player during game play and for sensing position sensing switches which are activated by the position in which the game controller is held. The reel also includes a crank which controls the switching of an optical switch. These features provide an electronic game controller which responds to actual fishing movements typically made during an actual fishing episode such as casting the line and reeling in the line in various directions to avoid natural obstacles.