How to Raise Fishing Worms for Free

How to Raise Fishing Worms for FreeRaising worms for fishing is a cost-effective way to obtain bait seasonally for free. Harvesting bait worms requires a time commitment; however, the day-to-day work is minimal once the initial set-up process is complete and the worms are added to the container where they will grow and thrive.

Red worms are an effective fishing worm when angling for perch, small mouth bass and pan fish, according to the websites Whole Sale Night Crawlers and Southern Bait Worms.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 5- to18-gallon DIY plastic storage bin with lid
  • Drill and 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Coconut fibers
  • Newspaper (optional)
  • Water
  • Leftover food
  • Secondary bin (optional)
Step 1
Vent the lid of an old 5- to 18-gallon plastic storage bin. Drill air holes using a 1/4-inch drill bit and space them 2 to 3 inches apart. Do not cover the storage tote with the lid when fishing.
Step 2
Add bedding along the bottom pressed with 3 to 6 inches of coconut fiber. Mix with newspaper at a ratio of 1 to 1 or fill the entire bottom with coconut fiber. Consider cost and availability of resources when making your decision.
Step 3
House 1 pound of worms in the old plastic bin. Red worms are an optimum choice for fishing bait.
Step 4
Cover the old plastic bin with the lid you set aside in Step 1. The worms will immediately begin to move around and acclimate to the old plastic bin.
Step 5
Place leftover food scraps in the old plastic bin. Worms will feed daily. If you notice leftover food inside the old plastic bin, slightly reduce the amount of feed for the following day so the worms can consume what has not been eaten.
Step 6
Wet the bedding to prevent dryness. Sprinkle water throughout, checking by hand that the bedding is moist, but not soaking wet.
Step 7
Raise the fishing worms for two or three months, then transport them to your favorite fishing spot and rig your line for an easy drop.

Tips & Warnings

You can also puncture holes using a hammer and 1/2-inch nails.
If you wish to double the size of your worms and harvest a second group, transfer some of the largest worms from the first bin to a second bin. Add in rabbit feed daily and harvest these worms for an additional 3 to 4 weeks. Add the same bedding and prep the second bin as you did with the first.
This project requires a two- to three-month commitment.
Pay attention to signage when fishing as not all fisheries permit bait fishing.
Thread a worm completely on a hook to avoid slippage underwater.

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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