How to Find & Catch Your Own Bait for Fishing

How to Find & Catch Your Own Bait for Fishing
Anglers can find and catch their own bait close to home or at the spots where they actually fish. Effective live baits, such as night crawlers, can cost as much as $4 for a dozen. You can see substantial savings by catching your own bait.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic coffee cans Flashlight Tin cans
  • Plastic coffee cans
  • Flashlight
  • Tin cans
Step 1
Find night crawlers out on your lawn after or during a rain. Use a flashlight to illuminate the ground and bring a tin can with you. Bend down as you scan the ground with your light. Grab any night crawlers you see between your thumb and index finger and pull on them gently. Pull them out of their hole and place them in the can.
Step 2
Dig for earthworms where the soil is loose and moist. Turn over a spade full of dirt and dump it on the ground. Inspect the dirt closely for earthworms and grab any that you find, placing them in a can. If you're having success, keep digging in the same area but change spots if there are few or no worms.
Step 3
Walk slowly through a meadow or a field as you search for grasshoppers. These make excellent bluegill bait. As you walk, look closely in front of you for a leaping grasshopper. Watch where it lands and scoop it up with your hand. Place your catch in a can with a plastic cover. Make sure the grasshoppers do not jump out as you add new ones to the can.
Step 4
Wade along the shore of a stream or river and look for crayfish at night. These crustaceans are a favorite food of both bass and trout. They resemble small green to brown lobsters. Bring a large can and a flashlight. If you spot one among the rocks, place the can behind it in the water and sweep your other hand in front of the crayfish, towards the can. Crayfish will swim backwards to elude a threat. As it evades your hand, it can be caught in the can.

Tips & Warnings

Put your night crawlers in a plastic coffee can with some peat moss and place them in the refrigerator where they will keep for weeks.

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