How to Build a Carp Trap

How to Build a Carp Trap
A carp trap is an effective way to catch fish without having to fuss with fishing lines, hooks and worms. Also, the traps don't harm the fish if they are checked often. A carp trap can be constructed and placed in a river in under two hours, providing a safe haven for tomorrow night's dinner.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Building a Frame

Things You’ll Need:
  • Four pine boards, 2 inches by 4 inches by 4 feet long
  • Eight pine boards, 2 inches by 4 inches by 2 feet long
  • 32 corrosion-resistant screws
  • Drill or screwgun
  • Two lengths of chicken wire mesh measuring 4 feet by 5 feet
  • Chicken wire mesh measuring 2 feet by 6 feet
  • Chicken wire mesh measuring 2 feet by 8 feet
  • Leather work gloves
  • 1/2 inch staples
  • Hammer
  • Tin snips
  • Zip ties
  • Scissors
Step 1
Lay two 2 inch by 4 inch by 4 foot pine boards parallel so that the outside edges are 2 feet apart. Lay a 2-foot board perpendicular at one end and screw the ends to the ends of the parallel boards. Repeat this process for the other side. You should have a 2-foot by 4-foot rectangle.
Step 2
With your last pair of 2 inch by 4 inch by 4-foot pine boards, make another rectangle exactly like the first.
Step 3
Stand both rectangular frames on the 4-foot edge with the 2-foot boards facing each other; space them so that the outside edges of the frame are 4 feet apart. Screw a 2-foot board on both ends perpendicular to the frame. Turn the frame over and complete the frame by screwing the last 2-foot boards on both ends.

Attaching the Mesh

Step 1
Wearing your leather work gloves, lay one 4-foot by 5-foot sheet of wire mesh on the top of the frame leaving a foot overhang on one end. Fasten it down using your hammer and ½-inch staples. Staple the other 4-foot by 5-foot sheet on the other side, leaving a foot hangover on the same side.
Step 2
On a 2-foot by 4-foot side of the frame, staple the 2-foot by 6-foot piece of wire mesh, leaving a 2-foot overhang on the same side where the other mesh sheets overhang. Screw your last sheet of mesh leaving a 2-foot overhang on both sides.
Step 3
On the side with all the overhanging mesh, starting 1-foot from the frame, bend each of the 2-foot overhanging pieces at a 60 degree angle toward each other. This will leave a 3-inch gap for carp to swim into. Use your zip ties to connect the mesh along the angles you've created. Cut off the excess mesh with your tin snips, and cut off the tail ends of the zip ties with your scissors.
Step 4
Fold over and zip-tie the mesh at the opposite end. This will be the end that you open to remove the fish. If you prefer not to continue reusing zip ties, stainless steel wire can work.
Step 5
Cut four 2-inch by 2-inch holes on every side of the trap with your tin snips. This will let smaller fish leave the trap.

Tips & Warnings

Rolled wire mesh can spring open and cause injury. Use caution when working with wire mesh.

Article Written By Brandon Salo

Brandon Salo is a writer with more than four years of experience as a staff consultant writer for Content Customs. He holds a bachelor's degree in English writing from Northern Michigan University, with a double minor in music and sociology.

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