A downrigger is a type of device used while using the trolling method of fishing.
Basically, it places your lure at a pre-determined, desired depth.
This type of device is usually made up of a pole that measures between three and six feet, a
cable that has a “cannonball weight” (large fishing weight, aka downrigger weights) attached to it, and then a
small clip that attaches a fishing line to the cannonball. This line is usually equipped with a lure.
As you can see, a downrigger would help you to specifically target a certain depth for fishing.
However, downriggers are not without their hazards. They can be dangerous to use because larger bodies of water
usually hide obstacles beneath the surface that can tangle lines like these.
If the cable holding the downrigger weight gets tangled in an under-water tree or pile of rocks,
it can easily capsize a small boat. For this reason, a lot of people who use downrigger devices also carry wire
cutters with them. This way, if they find that the cable has gotten stuck, they can quickly cut it to avoid
Downriggers are used in the oceans, as well as in lakes all over the world. They are used to
catch a large variety of fish, and have been in use since the early 1900s, per Wikipedia. One model in particular,
known as the “Scotty set up”, was developed during the 1970s. This model became extremely popular. It used a ten
pound weight, and was known as a good device to use for finding the depth at which fish were feeding.
Downriggers have been used with good success for catching species like Chinook Salmon, Lake
Trout, Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Walleye, and even Rainbow Trout. Nowadays, downriggers are used in all types
of water, including even smaller bodies like lakes.