Types of Live Fishing Worms

Types of Live Fishing WormsFish may not seem like discerning diners, but they tend to be very picky about what they put in their mouths. Selecting the right bait for the right fish is just as important as having a good cast. While there are a number of bait options for the intrepid angler, worms are often the first choice. Artificial lures, crickets, minnows and even crayfish all have their purposes, but there's also a worm for nearly every need.

Red Worm

These smaller worms grow to a maximum length of about 3 inches. They are useful for attracting smaller fish in clear water. They are best used to catch perch, bluegill and rock bass. Red worms are versatile and sold in nearly every bait shop.



These larger earthworms are good for carp, trout, large-mouth bass and catfish. Nightcrawlers can grow as long as 6 inches and are useful in low visibility because they're such large targets.

Wax Worms

Wax worms aren't actually worms, but are moth larvae. They are commonly used in ice fishing and are useful for catching perch and crappie. This plump bait is easily attached to a variety of different hooks.

Meal Worms (pictured at top)

These fruit fly larvae are great bait for beginners. Meal worms are easily put on a hook and are perfect for pond fish. Plus, meal worms are small and easily packed. Putting meal worms in a cooler will quickly make them sluggish and easy to bait.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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