How to Make a Fishing Worm Bed

How to Make a Fishing Worm Bed
There is something especially satisfying about catching a fish with gear that you have made yourself. Using a rod or lure that you made is one example of this, but many fishermen are also raising their own bait. Raising worms for your fishing involves relatively low start-up costs, and the worms themselves are low maintenance. Build your own worm bed and before you know it you will have all the bait you need for your fishing trips.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Lumber (2 foot by 12 inches)
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Hammer and nails, or electric drill and wood screws
  • Gravel
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Peat moss
Step 1
Determine what size worm bed you will build, and make markings on the ground that indicate its perimeter. A good size bed for your first worm bed is a 3 by 6 foot rectangle.
Step 2
Dig out the soil within the area for the worm bed to a depth of 14 inches, and level it with a rake.
Step 3
Shovel 2 inches of gravel into the excavated area and again level with a rake. This gravel will allow for water drainage and some air circulation in the worm bed.
Step 4
To build a frame, measure each side of the excavated area and cut four pieces of lumber accordingly.
Step 5
Fasten the lumber together at each corner with nails or wood screws. The frame should be built so that it rests on the short edges of the lumber, and with the 12-inch sides of the lumber forming the walls of the worm bed.
Step 6
Lower the frame into the ground and on top of the gravel.
Step 7
Back fill the frame as necessary with some of the soil you have dug up. By excavating to 14 inches initially and adding 2 inches of gravel, the top of your frame should now be level with the surrounding ground.
Step 8
Make a mixture of excavated soil, peat moss and shredded newspapers. Use this to fill the worm bed to the top of the lumber frame.
Step 9
Allow the soil, peat moss, and newspaper mixture to decompose for about a week before you add worms.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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