Fishing doesn’t have to be all trial and error. Introduced in the mid-1960s on Lake Michigan, downrigging is a trolling technique that allows you to control your depth. The device uses a reel filled with a small-diameter cable to take your lure or bait of choice to a desired depth. Downrigging is especially effective during the summer months because fish start to roam in deeper layers of water where temperatures are more optimal for them.
Downrigging opens up opportunities to find and catch fish and will save you fuel and money in the long run. Here are some tips and tricks to fine-tune your downrigging technique.