We all know buying a new rod is not like any other purchase – it is a long-term investment. When purchasing a trolling rod, you typically want some of the rods in your spread to match, making it even more of an investment. Here are some of the top trolling rods on the market and the best uses for each model:
Okuma Classic Pro GLT Trolling Rods
These are, by the far, the most popular trolling rods on the Great Lakes. Okuma Classic Pro GLT Trolling Rods feature a model for just about any technique you are using, at a very affordable price. They are well-known for their sensitivity and durability, as well as having a very comfortable grip for fighting large fish.
Shimano Talora Trolling Rods
If you are looking for a rod that is made to last a lifetime, this is it. Shimano Talora Trolling Rods are high quality and affordable. They have been proven for both walleye and salmon fishing. The Talora Trolling Rod matched with a Shimano Tekota Levelwind Line Counter Reel is an unstoppable machine.
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Trolling Rods
Similar to their spinning rods, Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Trolling Rods are designed to withstand hard use. The 7’ and 8’3” models are excellent planer board rods, while the 9’ model is great for downrigger fishing. The 10’ model is great for fishing dipsy divers.
Daiwa Wilderness Trolling Rods
If you are on a tight budget, looking to fill a spread and don’t want to skimp on value, pick this rod. It’s hard to find a trolling rod for under $20, but Daiwa Wilderness Trolling Rods are both cost-effective and quality. They are best known for being good lead core and dipsy rods, however, the medium-light models do well running monofilament on planer boards, too.