How to Fish With Nightcrawler Worms

How to Fish With Nightcrawler Worms
The night crawler is as close to a universal bait for fishing in fresh water as does exist. Night crawlers can be used in ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, reservoirs and other bodies of fresh water to catch many types of fish. Night crawlers are an effective bait for fish ranging from bluegills and perch to bass and trout; all the angler needs is a little know-how to be successful.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Tie a number four sized snelled hook onto your fishing line. By utilizing a number four hook, you have just the right size to catch a large variety of fish, and enough room on the hook to thread on a large night crawler.
Step 2
Attach two large split shots 18 to 22 inches up your fishing line from the hook. These weights will allow you to cast your line a good distance. This simple rigging is all you need to fish with night crawlers.
Step 3
Thread the night crawler onto your hook. It is not necessary to use an entire night crawler at one time. Cut it into two halves and thread the hook through until the night crawler is secured.
Step 4
Employ a bobber when fishing with night crawlers in farm ponds, lakes and reservoirs. Set the bobber about 18 inches above the hook and do not use split shots when using a bobber. Night crawlers fished below a bobber can attract species such as catfish, bullheads and bluegills.
Step 5
Cast your night crawler downstream when fishing in a river, brook, or creek. Search for areas where the current is slow and the water deepens. Fish will wait in spots such as this--where shallow and fast water gets deeper and drastically slows--for food to come their way. If you are fishing from the riverbank, cast out at an angle so that the night crawler goes towards the downstream side of the river.
Step 6
Fish for eels and catfish while using night crawlers after dark. In slow meandering rivers and many ponds and lakes, these two species will gladly take a night crawler presented to them after the sun goes down. Cast out your line a good distance and simply lean your fishing pole against a forked stick jammed into the ground. Watch the end of your pole for any movement indicative of a biting fish.

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