Homemade Lobster Pots

Updated April 17, 2017

Around the coastal word, countless families make their living and survive on the old profession of lobster fishing. Fishermen use lobster traps for a successful catch. The traps, generally made of wood and wire mesh, are placed on the seafloor and use bait such as meat to capture the lobsters. Although the lobsters can enter the trap, it is more challenging for them to exit. These traps can be homemade or purchased, although it can be more cost efficient to build them yourself.

Soften the saplings by boiling water in a pot and dropping them inside. Steam them in hot water for approximately 2 hours.

Wrap the saplings around a car tire rim to curve the sapling into a semicircle. They should all resemble approximately the same shape.

Insert a 3/4-inch drill bit in the drill. Use the drill to make holes 1 inch from each end of the four 2-by-2-by-24-inch lumber pieces.

Insert one end of the first fir sapling into the first 2-by-2-by-24-inch lumber piece through one of the holes drilled. Secure the sapling to the lumber with a 1.5-inch galvanised nail. Insert the free end of the first fir sapling into the second hole in the lumber piece. Secure the piece with a galvanised nail. Repeat this procedure for the remaining 2-by-2-by-24-inch lumber pieces and fir tree saplings.

Use the table saw to cut 25 pieces from the 2-by-4-by-36-inch piece of lumber. Cut the pieces so they are 3 feet long by 1.5 inches wide by 3/8 inch thick.

Place the saplings attached to the lumber pieces on a flat surface approximately 1 foot apart from each other.

Attach the 25 pieces of lumber horizontally over the fir sapling semicircles with screws. Leave approximately 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch between each piece. Secure pieces to the underside of the semicircles to form the bottom of the trap.

Cut an entrance from the front of the trap approximately 6 inches high and 12 inches wide with a handsaw.

Create three funnel shapes out of wire mesh

Attach one of the funnels at one end of the lobster trap with wire bits. Attach another to the opposite end of the trap and the last at the side entrance. The funnels should point inward so the inward funnel shape will allow the lobsters to enter the trap but not escape.

Use a handsaw to cut two semicircles approximately the same size as one of the ends of the trap to serve as a door. Attach the door to the trap with hinges. This will allow you to get the lobsters out when they are caught. Attach the second semicircle to the other end of the trap with nails.


Use cut up pieces of fish to bait the lobsters or artificial baits such as sprays. Cut additional 3 feet long by 1.5 inches wide by 3/8 inch thick pieces to form the frame of the trap if required.


Research state laws and municipal regulations about trapping lobsters before you begin using the lobster trap. Use caution when removing the lobsters from the trap because the lobsters have claws that can be dangerous.

Things You'll Need

  • Four 36-inch fir tree saplings
  • Car tire rim
  • Four 2-by-2-by-24-inch lumber
  • Drill bits
  • Drill
  • Eight 1.5-inch galvanised nails
  • 2-by-4-by-36-inch lumber
  • Table saw
  • Screws
  • Handsaw
  • Wire mesh
  • Wire bits
  • Hinges
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Scarlett Gauthier began writing in 2003. Gauthier has a graphic design/arts DVS from Rosemount Technology Center in Montreal.