How to Make Fishing Traps

If you are thinking of setting traps to catch fish, there is no need to purchase expensive setups. You can make your own with a little patience and some wire mesh. Before going to the trouble and spending any money, however, it is best to check the regulations of your state to make sure that it is legal to fish with traps. Some states do not allow them, or they allow them only for certain types of fish.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wire mesh
  • Zip ties
  • Metal snips
Step 1
Cut wire mesh into sections. You will want to have mesh that has holes big enough for small fish to move through and not get trapped. Cut two sections 5 feet by 2 feet. Cut two sections 5 feet by 1 foot. And cut two sections 2 feet by 1 foot. A 5 foot by 7 foot piece should give you enough mesh to work with for the cage. Get a separate 2 foot by 2 foot piece to use for the trap. The 5-by-2 pieces are for the top and bottom. The 5-by-1 pieces are for the sides. And the 2-by-1 pieces are for the ends.
Step 2
Cut a hole in the middle of one of the 2-by-1 foot sections. This is where you will attach the trap. Make sure the hole is around 9 to 10 inches wide.
Step 3
Attach the sides, top and bottom together using zip ties. Once you have the sides together, attach the back of the trap box as well.
Step 4
Roll the separate 2-by-2 section of mesh to form a cone. There should be a large end of about 9 to 10 inches that will fit the hole in the middle of the front end of the box, and it should taper down to around 6 or 7 inches. This can vary based on the size of the fish you wish to catch. You want to make sure the size you want will be able to get though, but have a difficult time going back out. Use zip ties to hold the section in the cone shape that you created.
Step 5
Hold the cone shape up to the front end piece of the trap and attach it with zip ties. When done, put the front mesh section up to the last open end, making sure to slip the cone inside of the trap box. Attach the last section to the rest of the box with zip ties to complete the trap.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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