Tips on How & Where to Look for Worms for Fishing

Tips on How & Where to Look for Worms for FishingWhether you want to purchase bait worms from a local retailer or catch a bundle from an outdoor location, finding and capturing bait worms is a relatively easy task. Like any live bait, the more a bait worm shows signs of health, the better it will thrive in the water and attract a greater number of game fish.

Red worms are popular bait for bream, perch, smallmouth bass and pan fish, according to the Whole Sale Night Crawlers website. The Southern Bait Worms website also notes that red worms are good bait for a variety of fishing applications.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Carrying bin
Step 1
Visit local bait shops, fisherman superstores, fishing tackle stores, sporting goods stores and commercial worm breeding farms. Alternatively, find night crawlers and red worms in composts, gardens and grassy areas.

Lift up brush and wood piles or dig up soil to find worms. Worms will scatter quickly once the cover is removed, so grab the worms quickly. Store in a well-ventilated container filled with soil and food scraps.
Step 2
Browse the selection of worms. Red worms, meal worms and night crawlers are the most commonly used bait worms and can be purchased by the pound or carton at competitive pricing.
Step 3
Inspect the housing containers used by the seller to store the worms. Bait worms must be kept in a cool, well-ventilated, shaded area. Worms that are overcrowded to the point of limited or poor movement inside their housing unit or are exposed to direct sunlight may show signs of dehydration and sickness such as dry, patchy skin.
Step 4
Examine the condition of the worms. Gently pinch one or two worms or stir the container with a wooden stick to incite movement. Healthy worms will show signs of complete body movement, will wiggle and have a slightly translucent red or brown color. Skin should be moist or slimy to the touch.

Tips & Warnings

Shop online, browsing the inventory of online retailers. This option does not allow inspection of the worms beforehand.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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