How to Find Fishing Bait

How to Find Fishing Bait
Fishing bait is available almost anywhere there are fish and anglers trying to catch them. You can buy bait in a tackle shop -- most sell whatever the fish are biting on a seasonal basis -- or you can find your own for free.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Live bait bucket with aerator motor
  • Wire mesh cage
  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Seine for catching baitfish, frogs, crayfish, shrimp
  • Shovel
  • Old bed sheet
Step 1
Buy bait at a tackle shop or sporting goods store. Big-box retailers also sell bait in the sporting goods section. Better prices are typically found at bait shops farther from the main fishing grounds than bait and tackle shops and marinas right on the water. So if you want to save money, buy bait in advance and avoid waiting until you get to your fishing destination where prices are usually inflated.
Step 2
Dig for earthworms with a shovel, overturning damp, shaded areas, and store them in loose dirt in a plastic container with a loose-fitting lid.
Step 3
Hunt for bloodworms in the shallow waters of coastal areas by digging in the mud at low tide. Bloodworms are populous in the wilds of Maine and Canada, although most bloodworms sold commercially are raised on farms.
Step 4
Set out an old bedsheet on the ground overnight in late summer and early fall to attract crickets and grasshoppers, which will gather on the sheet to avoid dew on the grass. You can scoop them up the next morning.
Step 5
Place live insects such as crickets in a wire mesh cage. These are often available at dollar stores in the toy section or you can make one by cutting a gallon bleach bottle lengthwise in half and attaching a piece of window screening cut to fit. Use duct tape to attach the screen securely, then fill the insect cage through the opening for the bottle cap.
Step 6
Use a seine net with a friend to drag streams, creeks and lake shallows for baitfish, crawfish and frogs.
Step 7
Use the seine net in shallow coastal waters around rocks and eddies to catch saltwater baitfish and shrimp.
Step 8
Place all live bait in a bucket with an aerator motor running on batteries or a car adapter.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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