How to Make Wooden Fishing Lure Supplies

How to Make Wooden Fishing Lure Supplies
Traditionally, fishing lures were crafted from wood with only the hooks being metal. Wooden lures were once the norm but now they are a rarity. Today, most store-bought lures are made from plastic or metal. But you can still experience the joy of fishing with wooden lures. Fashioning your own out of wood is simple, cheap and can be a fun project to do with children. Experience the pride that comes with catching a fish using a hand-crafted wooden lure.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Safety goggles
  • Wood broom handle
  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Wood knife
  • Sandpaper, fine-grit and heavy-grit
  • Wood sealant
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • 3 small eye screws
  • 2 split rings
  • 2 treble hooks
  • Brightly colored paint
Step 1
Put on the safety goggles. Cut 5 inches off the broom handle using the saw.
Step 2
Carve a convex scallop shape out of the left end of the 5-inch wood piece with the wood knife.
Step 3
Starting 1 inch back from the right end, carve a curved slope so the end comes to a point. The piece of wood should now look like a bullet with a scallop taken out of the left end.
Step 4
Sand both sides until all carving marks are gone. Start with heavy-grit sandpaper if the carved wood is rough. Give it a smooth finish with the fine-grit sandpaper.
Step 5
Apply two coats of the wood sealant to the lure with the paintbrush. This important step ensures that the wood doesn't rot from continuous water exposure. Allow the sealant one hour to dry.
Step 6
Drill one hole in the center of the scallop shape on the left side of the lure. Drill a second hole at the tip of the "bullet" on the right side of the lure. Drill a third hole at the bottom of the lure just a bit closer to the left end than to the right end.
Step 7
Screw the eye screws into each hole using the pliers. Make sure they fit tightly.
Step 8
Attach the split rings and then the treble hooks onto the bottom and the left-side eye screws.
Step 9
Tie the end of your fishing line to the eye-screw on the right side of the lure using a double clinch knot.

Tips & Warnings

Design your lure with brightly colored paint to attract fish.
Practice caution when using the saw and the carving knife. Always carve wood with your strokes pushing away from your body.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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