How to make a perch trap with chicken wire

Updated April 17, 2017

Perch is a popular game fish that lives in freshwater bodies like ponds and rivers. Like other game fish, perch are excellent targets for using stationary traps and you won't have to sit in a boat all day. You can build your own perch trap using not much more than chicken wire. The trap features a double sided conical entrance that allows the fish to easily swim in but have no way of getting out.

Unroll the chicken wire so it is flat on the ground; stand one of the wire rings on the lowest left edge of the wire. The ring should be along the long side of the wire not the short end nearest you.

Secure the bottom of the ring onto the chicken wire with hog rings and hog-ring pliers. The ring should be able to stand up on its own on the wire.

Attach a second ring on the opposite side of the wire parallel to the first ring. Set one ring in the middle of the first two so you end up with a row of three parallel rings.

Roll the rings toward the rest of the length of chicken wire to wrap the wire around the rings. Secure more hog rings around the wire and metal rings to form the wire into a barrel shape.

Snip the excess chicken wire off the edge of the barrel shape with wire cutters so you have a smooth, round, open tube. Bend the points on the exposed edges back with pliers so they don't catch on anything.

Bend chicken wire into a cone shape using the hog rings to secure the cone in its shape. The wide opening of the cone should be 16 inches. The narrow opening needs to be just big enough to allow the perch into the trap. Create a second cone just like the first one. These cones will provide the entrance into the trap for the perch. Bend back the pointy edges of the cones to make them clean and smooth.

Hold one of the cones with the narrow end pointing inside the tube and slide the cone all the way into the tube. Secure the wide opening of the cone to the opening of the tube nearest it with the narrow end inside the tube using hog rings.

Insert the second cone into the open end of the tube and secure it in place like you did with the first cone. The narrow ends of the cones should both be inside the tube near each other.

Tie a string to either end of the trap and add a buoy to the strings to keep the trap in place. Adjust the strings so the trap rests neatly on the seabed.


You can just pry open the hog rings to take the cones out and release the fish trapped inside.


Do not place a trap unless you are sure you are allowed to trap in that particular body of water.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken wire
  • 3 metal wire rings, 16 inches wide
  • Hog rings
  • Hog-ring pliers
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