How to Farm Worms for Fishing

How to Farm Worms for Fishing
It is easy to create a controlled environment and farm worms yourself. The harvested worms are great to take fishing as lures. The process is simple, but takes consistent care and maintenance to keep the worms healthy and continuing to reproduce. It only takes a few months to have a flourishing worm farm to use for fishing.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 1 lb red worms,
  • 3 tight-fitting, stacking bins with a lid for the top
  • Drill with two drill bits- 1 2mm bit or less, and 1 5mm or more
  • 1 2-liter soda bottle
  • Newspaper
  • Small bag of soil or manure
  • About 3 lbs. organic waste, such as fruit and vegetable peelings, to start
Step 1
Poke holes with the larger drill bit in the bottoms of two bins. Poke holes with the small drill bit in the lid for ventilation of the worm farm. You want worms to be able to travel between bins, but not out of the whole system through the top.
Step 2
Cut the top off the two-liter plastic bottle, which will be used as the tap to release the liquid from the system. Cut a hole in a bottom corner of the bin with no holes that is just large enough to fit the bottle top. If it is too large, you will need to glue or caulk around the opening. Cap the bottle top with the original cap.
Step 3
Line a bin that has holes in the bottom with the soil or manure and some shredded newspaper. Add about 1 lb. of organic waste, such as a few fruit peels, leaves, and vegetable roots. Add the worms to this bin. Stack this on top of the bin with the tap in it.
Step 4
Stack the last bin with holes in it on top of the bin with worms. Add the last 2 pounds of organic waste to this bin, and a shredded newspaper or dry leaves. The worms will crawl up to eat the organic matter after they are finished eating the waste in the lower bin.
Step 5
Remove the newly enriched soil from their original bin and place it in a bucket or other container when most of the worms have moved up to the top bin, which will take several weeks. Switch the location of the top two bins. Start adding about 2 more pounds of organic waste to the empty, now top bin. The worms will again finish with their first bin and move up when finished again.
Step 6
Remove the top soil from the bucket after about an hour. Most of the worms left in this soil should be down near the bottom of the bucket. Keep these in a bit of soil in your bucket, and keep it cooler than 80 degrees so the worms stay alive until you are ready to use them for fishing. Leave at least two thirds of the population in the farm to continue reproducing.

Tips & Warnings

 
You will be able to add more organic waste at a time as the worms reproduce. In a healthy farm, worms reproduce every week after they reach three or four months old. They should double in population size in about four months.
 
If you will be harvesting large amounts of worms at a time for fishing, have several worm farms so that you don't exhaust any one population.
 
Worm tea and compost can be added to your garden after it is harvested for a healthier garden.
 
Store your worm bin in a cool place so that the worms don't overheat and die. They should have a soil temperature of between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
If your farm begins to smell, it is probably too wet. Add dry matter such as newspaper or dry leaves to make it drier. It should be damp, with a humidity level of around 70 percent.
 
Do not add meat, oils, dairy, or too much citrus to your farm. These will attract pests, or will make the farm too acidic for the worms to survive.

Article Written By EmilyTrudeau

Emily Trudeau has been writing all her life. She has recently been working on a blog about gourmet outdoor cooking called Dirty Gourmet. She majored in biology and philosophy at Florida State University, and loved writing with both scientific and logical focus.

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