How to Produce Fishing Worms

How to Produce Fishing Worms
Worms are some of the most useful and beneficial animals alive. They break down trash, turning refuse into rich soil. They also make great feed for many pet reptiles, amphibians and fish. Best of all, they are an excellent, quick spawning live bait that nearly any fisherman can grow in his own home.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Worm bin
  • Drill
  • Shredded paper
  • Peat moss
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Worms
  • Food scraps
  • Cardboard
  • Chicken mash
  • Bin
Step 1
Build or purchase a box at least one foot high, two feet deep and three feet wide. A plastic bin or large cooler will work well. If you build it, avoid using pressure treated wood which may be toxic, and do not paint the inside.
Step 2
Drill 12 one-inch holes into the bottom of the bin. Place the bin onto a tray in a cool, dark place such as a basement.
Step 3
Add 10 pounds of bedding to the container. Use shredded paper if you work in an office. Otherwise, shred black and white newspaper into one inch strips. Alternately, powder 10 pounds of peat moss by rubbing it between your hands, and drop it into the bin.
Step 4
Add a gallon of rich garden soil or potting soil into the bin, spread over the bedding. Add four gallons of water. Leave the mixture to sit for two days.
Step 5
Get red wigglers, nightcrawlers or other earthworms and place them in the bin. Two gallons of worms can consume about one pound of food scraps a day.
Step 6
Feed the worms by burying food scraps one inch beneath the soil. Worms can eat coffee grounds, egg shells, veggie peelings, stale or moldy bread and nearly any other kitchen waste, aside from animal products. They can also eat chicken mash and shredded corrugated cardboard. Feed the worms anywhere from once a day to once a week depending on your schedule.
Step 7
Change the bedding after two months. Prepare bedding in a temporary bin. Dump your main bin out in a pile onto a piece of plywood in moderately bright light.
Step 8
Clear the top layer of dirt away to expose the worms when they crawl in to escape the light. Repeat this process until most of the dirt is gone and you have a squirming pile of worms. Harvest the largest ones for fishing.
Step 9
Place the prepared bedding into your main worm bin. Dump the worms into the main bin. Feed them as normal for a month or two, then harvest them again.

Tips & Warnings

The soil you remove when you harvest the worms makes excellent garden soil.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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