How to Make a Minnow Trap Out of Wire

How to Make a Minnow Trap Out of Wire
To make a simple minnow trap, all you need is a few items from the sporting good store, or you may even have the supplies you need readily available in your own home or garage. By making your own minnow trap, you can save a lot of money rather than paying for bait. Making your own minnow trap can be fun and economical.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Screen wire
  • Small spool of thin stainless steel wire
  • Fishing sinkers
  • Durable string
  • Thin rope
Step 1
Roll the screen wire into a cone shape. Roll the cone to the size that you want. Make the opening big enough as you would like but make sure the tip is closed shut.
Step 2
Tie the side of the cone with thin wire. Use the thin wire as if it were thread to make stitches through the holes of the screen. Make firm and well-connected stitches to give your screen wire cone a sturdy form.
Step 3
Weigh the the pointed end of your cone down with the fishing sinkers. Use enough sinkers to be able to force the trap to sink rapidly.
Step 4
Cut the durable string into two short pieces. Use the string to tie each side of the open end of your cone to make handles.
Step 5
Fasten the thin rope to the handles you made with the durable string. This will act as your fishing line for throwing and dragging your cone trap through the water to collect minnows.

Tips & Warnings

Check your area's local rules and regulations regarding minnow trapping.
Wear protective gloves as the screen wire may have rough or sharp edges.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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