Live Earthworm Traps & Gathering

Live Earthworm Traps & GatheringEarthworms are a traditional form of fishing bait and are used to catch anything from trout to catfish. Anglers often buy inexpensive earthworms at a bait shop; however, catching your own worms is free and quick. If you have children, they may enjoy heading outdoors to search for and capture live bait for a day spent at the lake fishing.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Handsaw
  • 36-inch wood post or tree branch
  • 1 egg carton
  • Damp, shredded newspaper
Step 1
Find an area with damp soil; wooded areas often prevent sunlight from drying out the soil and usually work well for this activity.
Step 2
Drive the wood post 8 inches into the earth. Make sure it is steady and will not wobble under pressure.
Step 3
Run the blade of the saw along the top of the post. The intention here is not to cut the post but to send a vibration through the earth. If there are earthworms in the soil, they will start pushing out from underneath.
Step 4
Create a bed of shredded newspaper along the bottom of the egg carton. Pick up the worms and store them in the egg carton until you are ready to use them.

Tips & Warnings

Wear protective gloves while sawing the wood.
If you have a compost pile in your back yard, use a shovel to softly turn the compost. There is a good chance that there are many earthworms living in the pile.
If you are storing the earthworms for longer than one day, place them in a cool location to increase their chance of survivability.
Hunting for earthworms after a rain will provide increased results.

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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