How to Keep Maggots for Fishing Bait

How to Keep Maggots for Fishing BaitLive maggots are sold at bait and tackle shops and often used as bait for ice fishing. Maggots are also an effective bait in warm water and will attract rainbow trout, yellow perch and almost any fish that can be hooked with a regular night crawler. The maggots must be properly cared for to prevent them from dying. Live maggots will wriggle on your line to help attract fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Maggots
  • Sawdust
  • Plastic container
  • Pantyhose
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Refrigerator
Step 1
Remove the maggots from their original container as soon as you get them home. Throw away any existing bedding that the maggots were packaged in.
Step 2
Pour enough sawdust into a plastic container to completely cover the bottom of the container.
Step 3
Place the maggots in the container with the sawdust.
Step 4
Cut a section out of a pair of pantyhose or tights large enough to cover the top of the container.
Step 5
Secure the pantyhose lid to the top of the container with a rubber band.
Step 6
Store the maggots in the refrigerator between 33 and 35 degrees. The maggots should stay fresh for at least three weeks.

Tips & Warnings

Check the maggots every few days and remove any dead maggots from the container.
Change the sawdust bedding whenever the container starts to emit an unpleasant, ammonia-like odor.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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