How to Fatten Fishing Worms

How to Fatten Fishing WormsThough worms are great live bait for catching fish, but not all worms are the same. Large, fat worms provide more action on the hook, attracting more attention from the fish and larger, more frequent catches. Fattening food will help you grow the large juicy worms you need to make the best catches.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Commercial Method

Things You’ll Need:
  • Worm bin
  • Worms
  • Commercial worm food
  • Chicken layers pellets
  • Wheat bran
  • Powdered flour
  • Powdered milk
  • Agricultural lime
  • Assorted food scraps and trash
Step 1
Obtain a commercial worm food such as Purina Earthworm Chow. These foods are designed to breed large, healthy worms for fishing. Worm foods can be purchased from a fishing or outdoors store or a worm supply companies such as the one linked to in the resource section.
Step 2
Sprinkle enough commercial food over the surface of the worm bed to lightly cover it in a thin layer.
Step 3
Check on the bed the next day at feeding time. If your worms have not eaten all of the food, wait until they have. Then, feed them slightly less. Continue adjusting the food amount until you find out how much they can consume in a day.
Step 4
Increase the food supply as worms multiply, and feed them the maximum amount they will eat.

Composting Method

Step 1
Mix five parts chicken layers pellets, two parts wheat bran or meal and one part each of powdered corn or wheat flour, powdered milk and agricultural lime to make a warm fattening powder.
Step 2
Sprinkle the fattening powder on food scraps and other biodegradable wastes. Worms can eat vegetable peelings, bread, tea leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells, soaked newspapers and even vacuum cleaner dust.
Step 3
Bury your scraps under a thin layer of bedding in your worm bin for the worms to eat. Bury the waste in a different location every few days to avoid digging up decomposing trash.

Tips & Warnings

Grow your worms in a worm bed. Use a small plastic kiddie pool or a plastic or wooden bin, filled with damp peat moss, newspaper or another bedding material. Look at the resource on worm bedding for information on the advantages and disadvantages of different bedding materials.

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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