How to Raise Worms for Fishing

hands holding dirt and worms
  • 1-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-150
What You'll Need
Five-gallon bucket
Vegetable peelings

If you are into fishing, it will be more efficient and affordable if you know how to provide your own worms for fishing. The process is very simple, and the materials you need can be found in your own home. Below are the materials you need along with the instructions on how to raise your own worms for fishing.

Step 1 - Get Worms

Provide yourself with the worms that you will be raising. The best type of worms used for bait is the red worm, also called red wigglers or tiger worms. They are able to grow in close living conditions. You can buy these worms in your local fishing store or online. You will only need a small amount of these worms when you start raising them.

Step 2 - Find Container

Use a five-gallon bucket or something similar to that to serve as the container for your worms. Over time, as you grow more and more worms, you will need more buckets to keep them in.

Step 3 - Bedding Material

worms in dirt

Cut your cardboard and newspaper materials into 2”x2” sized pieces. Make enough pieces to cover about ¾ of the bucket. You can also use shredded paper. Before placing the paper in the bucket, moisten them a little bit with water.

Step 4 - Put Worms in Bucket

When the container is ready, you can now transfer your worms inside. Make sure your worm container is placed in a cool area and away from harsh sunlight and heat. Examples of good locations are under your sink or in a cool room such as a garage. Do not place them in a place that is too cold though to prevent them from freezing.

Step 5 - Feed the Worms

Make sure to feed your worms using organic food, such as coffee grounds, egg shells, as well as the skins of fruits and vegetables. Just place the food in their container. Anything that would normally decompose outdoors can serve as food for your worms. Be careful not to overfeed your worms. This will prevent the odor that may be produced by the rotting food. Pour a very small amount of water in them every once in a while using a damp sponge to prevent them from drying out.

Step 6 - Replace Bedding

The worms will eventually eat the bedding in the container and excrete these out as worm castings. When this happens, put the worms in a temporary container, place the fresh new bedding into the container, and return the worms.

Step 7 - Worms Will Multiply

You will start to observe that your worms will multiply. If you see round objects in your container, those are the eggs of the worms, which indicate that the worms are indeed multiplying. Eventually, you will raise a good amount of worms which you can use as bait for fishing. Leave some worm in the container to continue multiplying so that you will have more worms for future fishing ventures.