How to Breed Worms for Fishing

How to Breed Worms for FishingFishing is a relaxing way to enjoy nature and the outdoors. For the best results and less impact on the environment, using live bait is the preferable method. However, making trips to the bait store can be time-consuming and costly, but with a bit of patience and some basic tips, you can breed your own worms for fishing.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 100 worms
  • Soil
  • Organic matter
  • 1 pound cornmeal
  • 1/2 pound shortening
  • Burlap or strips of wood
  • Water
Step 1
Prepare your container. Choose a container size based on how many worms you wish to breed. A 2-foot tub that is about 10 inches deep will yield 3,500 to 5,000 worms each year. Metal drums cut in half lengthwise, galvanized washtubs, bathtubs or any other tight container will suffice. However, when using a tin or galvanized container, paint the inside with acid-proof paint or a quality house paint to prevent rusting.
Step 2
Fill the tub with soil. Avoid using sandy soil. Use a soil that contains some organic matter (rich, dark soil). You can also add your own organic matter by adding dead leaves or straw. Fill the tub about 8 inches deep with soil. Add your worms at this point.
Step 3
Mix the cornmeal and shortening into the top 2 or 3 inches of soil. Cover the container with strips of wood or damp burlap.
Step 4
Add more cornmeal and shortening and about 1 quart of water after a month. Continue replenishing food and water every two weeks.
Step 5
Remove worms after six months. To extract worms, place some soil into a separate bucket so that the soil is loose. Wait 30 minutes and put the soil back into your breeding container. Most of the worms should have moved to the bottom of the bucket by now.

Tips & Warnings

Lightly dust the top layer of soil with a bit of sulfur dust to keep mites out.
Paper and vegetable scraps also make good food for worms.
Your breeding tub may attract ants. Keep the tub off the ground by placing it on a couple of logs to keep ants away.
You may need to cover your tub with a screen to keep mice and rats out.

Article Written By Anton Busch

Anton Busch earned a B.A. in English with honors from University of Iowa in 2007 and has been publishing content on the Web ever since. His creative and nonfiction works have appeared in print in "Hotel Amerika," "Earthwords," "Lux Magazine," "Quad City View" and "Verdure Magazine." He also writes for various websites.

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