How to Use Diving Planers

How to Use Diving PlanersWhile you're out on a fishing excursion, using a diving planer can greatly increase your chances of landing that prize walleye, salmon, or trout. A fishing diving planer is used to allow the lure to reach depths favored by certain fish because of water temperature. Diving planers, specifically mini-divers, are a favorite among anglers who concentrate on fishing walleye, salmon and steelhead. The planers dredge the depths that these species of fish prefer, and allow for a larger amount of fish to be caught at depths that cannot otherwise be reached with conventional lures.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 20 to 30 pound clear mono or fluorocarbon fishing line
  • Fishing pole
  • Snubber
  • Cross lock snap (size 5)
  • Fishing lure
  • Diving planer
Step 1
Measure and cut a length of clear mono or fluorocarbon line with at least a 20 to 30 pound test, to a length of one and a half times the length of your rod.
Step 2
Tie a cross lock snap to one end of the line, then attach the lure to the lock snap. Tie a snubber to the other end of the line. You can choose whatever color or size you want with the snubber, but try to stick within the range of a size 5 lock snap.
Step 3
Attach the diving planer to the snubber through the flip latch on the diver. Tie the line from your rod to the release side of the diving planer. The release side has a loop where you tie the line.
Step 4
Cast out the line, and drag the planer on the bottom of the river or lake by reeling in slowly.

Tips & Warnings

Use this method when fishing for early season salmon, walleye, or trout, in waters with depths of up to 40 feet for the best results.

Article Written By Jeremiah Blanchard

Jeremiah Blanchard has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in topics related to nature, the environment, conservation and philosophy. His work has appeared in activist columns on Socyberty and Authspot. Blanchard studied art at William Carey College and history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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