How do I Raise Red Worms for Fishing?

How do I Raise Red Worms for Fishing?Worm farming is something you can do at home to compost your garbage and raise worms for fishing at the same time. Anyone can raise red worms, which are typically used as bait for fresh water fishing. Fish will naturally bite on these worms, and having your own supply of worms will save a little money. Red worms are easy to cultivate indoors because they do not need to tunnel as other species do. Raising red worms reduces the amount of garbage that goes down the disposal or into the trash, benefiting you, your garden and the environment. (Pictured: Worms composting vegetable scraps)


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Red worms
  • Untreated wood container
  • Plastic container (optional)
  • Shredded paper
  • Garden soil
  • Water
  • Fruit or vegetable scraps
Step 1
Shred the paper for the worm farm. The paper can be shredded cardboard, newsprint or even computer paper. Do not use colored paper or the comics since the dyes could be toxic to the worms. The bedding is necessary so that the worms can crawl through the worm farm easily. The paper will eventually decompose.
Step 2
Place the shredded paper in an untreated wood or plastic container. Add about a gallon of garden soil. The worms need the soil to help them digest food. Mix up the soil and paper, and sprinkle it with sufficient water so that the paper and the dirt feel damp, but not soggy. Gently place the red worms inside the box, and place the container in a dark place where the worms will feed, create compost and reproduce.
Step 3
Add kitchen scraps several times a week or as you generate them. Do not add meat scraps, as these can attract other insects or animals. The worms will eventually eat the food and create compost.
Step 4
Maintain the moisture in the worm box. Continue adding food scraps. Keep the box in a dark location where the temperature is between 60 and 80 degrees. Add more shredded paper and garden soil as needed.
Step 5
Harvest the worms for fishing by emptying the contents on a sheet of plywood or a patio table. Sift through the compost and remove the mature worms. Place the worms in a small container with a cover that has some moist compost inside it so that the worms survive and can be used as live bait.

Tips & Warnings

You may have enough worms to eventually share them with your fishing partners.

Article Written By Jackie Johnson

Jackie Johnson is a published writer and professional blogger, and has a degree in English from Arizona State University. Her background in real estate analysis prepared her for objective thinking, researching and writing.

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