How to Keep Fishing Worms Alive

How to Keep Fishing Worms AliveMany anglers fish with worms such as night crawlers and earthworms. You can catch your own bait, whether at night using a flashlight to find night crawlers or by digging in the dirt with a spade for earthworms. By having the ability to keep your bait alive before, during and after fishing, you can avoid purchasing bait and spending time capturing new bait.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Worms
  • Child's wading pool
  • Water
  • Worm bedding
  • Coffee can
  • Peat moss
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooler with ice
Step 1
Purchase a child's wading pool and place it in the coolest spot in your basement. Fill the pool with a product such as Buss Bed-ding, which you can purchase online or from tackle shops. You can use strips of newspapers, peat moss or regular soil as a bedding alternative. Keep your bedding damp. Place your worms in this pool but avoid overcrowding. As many as 300 worms in a typical child's pool will remain alive for weeks if you keep the bedding damp by watering it every few days.
Step 2
Place your worms in a 27.8-ounce plastic coffee container. Fill the container halfway with peat moss or damp soil. Store the container in your refrigerator. Label the container plainly so family members will not mistakenly open it. Refrigerated worms will also keep for weeks.
Step 3
Find a small refrigerator unit for your garage and keep your coffee can full of worms in it to avoid taking up space in the kitchen refrigerator. Worms that you buy at tackle shops or convenience stores will stay fresh and lively in the containers they came in in this type of unit.
Step 4
Keep worms alive and wriggling when fishing during a hot day by filling a medium size ice cooler halfway with ice. Place your container of worms on the top of the ice and close the lid. Push the top of the cooler down after you remove worms to bait your hook. Avoid exposing the worms to the sun for any length of time. Your worms will easily survive a day of fishing in scorching heat when kept on ice.


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