How to Use a Grasshopper for Fishing Bait

How to Use a Grasshopper for Fishing BaitCatfish, trout and bass find grasshoppers, and their cousins the locust and crickets, to be tasty meals. Grasshoppers are an easy live bait to work with due to their large size and being relatively easy to catch. Using live natural bait may take some more work in catching the insects, but it pays off when you hook that otherwise cautious fish. Using grasshoppers as live fishing bait takes practice and some trial and error to learn the techniques that work for different fish and fishing spots.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic container
  • Grasshopper
  • Fishing hook
Step 1
Set up a plastic container, with air holes, to keep the grasshopper until you are ready to use it. If you plan to keep the grasshopper in the container for a few days, place green leaves or grass in the container to keep the bug from dehydrating.
Step 2
Thread the grasshopper lengthwise, from head to tail end, onto the hook. This makes it difficult for fish to eat any part of the grasshopper without grabbing the hook. This however, does kill the grasshopper. If you want the grasshopper to be moving in the water, put the fishhook through the lower part of the abdomen.
Step 3
Cast the line as you would with any other lure depending on the fish species you are trying to catch. For trout fishing a weight is not necessary. For bottom feeders such as catfish, you will need to attach a weight to the line.

Tips & Warnings

The size of hook used with grasshoppers can vary depending on the size of the fish and grasshopper.

Article Written By Lynn Anders

Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.

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