How to Breed Worms for Fishing

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How to Breed Worms for Fishing
Worms can be raised in little time with little effort. (worm image by Ksenija Djurica from

When fishing season comes around, fishermen everywhere will be looking to buy worms. Whether you want to provide worms for your own fishing or sell worms for profit, breeding your own worms is a great idea to save or make money. After following a few simple steps and gathering a few materials, you will be breeding your very own worms in no time.

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Things you need

  • 4 bricks
  • Plastic storage container
  • 1/8 inch drill bit and drill
  • Organic potting soil
  • 1 pound of corn meal
  • 1/2 pound of vegetable shortening
  • 100 worms of your choice
  • Burlap sheet
  • Small bucket

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  1. 1

    Place the four bricks under your storage container so it is not touching the ground. Using the 1/8 inch drill bit, drill 20 holes in the bottom of the container. These holes are for drainage.

  2. 2

    Place your container on top of the bricks so that it is off the ground. Add eight inches of potting soil to your storage container. Do not pack the soil tightly.

  3. 3

    Add an inch of organic materials such as old leaves, straw, or grass clippings.

  4. 4

    Add a pound of corn meal and half a pound of vegetable shortening and mix into the soil. Put the worms on top of this mixture.

  5. 5

    Dampen the burlap sheet and put on top of your container.

  6. 6

    Check on the worms in a month and add another pound of cornmeal and another half pound of vegetable shortening. Also add a quart of water.

  7. 7

    Repeat step six every three weeks.

  8. 8

    Harvest worms by removing the top layer of soil and putting it into the small bucket. After an hour remove the soil and the worms will have migrated to the bottom of the bucket. This can be done as often as desired as long as you make sure to leave enough worms in the container to repopulate.

Tips and warnings

  • Water the container through the burlap sheet to keep the burlap sheet moist.
  • Keep the container in a cool place to keep your worms from drying out and dying.

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