Fishing Outdoor

How to Make a Minnow Trap

Written by Chris Alan

Are you prepared to go fishing? Everything you need is here except bait and you have no money to buy any? Well, stop wasting money on mediocre seafood; make your own. With this simple trap, it is easy. When fishing, minnows are great bait. You can make your own minnow trap out of common home objects and catch them instead of purchasing them. It simply takes a few minutes to put the trap together, and it may be used again and again for years of economic fishing. Create your own fish-catching gadget with recycled plastic bottles and leftover bread. This article will teach how to make a minnow trap and how it captures minnows.

Required equipment

These are the following equipment needed to make a minnow trap.

  • Two-liter beverage bottle

  • Knife 

  • scissors 

  • Stone for a weight

  • Bread

  • Locking pliers

  • Fishing line

Step 1: Take a 2-liter soda bottle and cut off the top. Just before the bottle’s neck starts to taper, use a knife to cut the plastic carefully. The bottle’s top and bottom can be separated by making a complete circle-shaped cut around it. As you cut the bottle, take care not to cut yourself. Making the initial cut with a knife, then completing the cut with scissors may be more straightforward.

Step 2: Make the ten tiny holes about 0.5 inches from the bottle’s edge and space them apart by 0.75 inches with the help of a knife. The holes just need to be large enough to accommodate the fishing line. When piercing the thin plastic with the knife, apply utmost caution. 

Step 3:  Make 2 additional holes roughly 0.5 inches below the original ones. These holes will serve as anchor points for a line that will be used to pull your minnow trap out of the river and prevent it from drifting away. Use the knife to pierce them through the opposing bottle sides. They need to be large enough to transmit fishing lines through the holes.

Step 4: 3.0 meters of fishing line should be cut off. You will use this length of fishing line as your anchor line. Although you can adjust the anchor line’s length to suit your particular needs, generally speaking, 3.0 m is sufficient. You don’t need a robust fishing line for a minnow trap. Any standard fishing line will work.

Step 5: Using the lower two holes, fasten the fishing line to the bottle. One end of the fishing line should be inserted through one of the anchor line holes from the outside of the bottle, and the other end should be tied in a knot within the bottle. Repeat the procedure to tie the line to the bottle on both sides. To prevent the line from slipping through the holes, tie a few knots on top of one another as required.

Step 6: For minnow bait, choose food high in carbohydrates. Put some bread or another food item into the bottle. The majority of starchy foods work well as minnow bait. Bread, cookie, or cracker crumbs will all work just well. Don’t worry about arranging the food in any particular way; it will break down and float as it absorbs water.

Step 7: Add a few small stones to the bottle containing the minnow bait. Even if there is a minor stream, the increased weight from the stones will assist the trap in settling to the bottom and remain there. For most traps, 2 or 3 rocks the size of your hand’s palm will be enough. Because minnow traps function best in relatively shallow water, it is crucial to maintain the trap totally immersed and close to the bottom.

Step 8: Next, puncture the bottle’s removed top with 10 tiny holes. To match the holes you punched in the bottom of the trap, use your knife to make these holes that are 0.75 inches apart. The more closely the holes are spaced from the first ones you punched, the simpler it will be to put your trap together.  Be cautious when using a knife to hole thin plastic. 

Step 9: Insert the cut-off top into the bottle with the nozzle facing in. Till the holes on both sections line up, invert the bottle’s top and insert it into the bottom part. If necessary, rotate it to align the holes you punched through each while attempting to fit the top portion into the bottom portion.

Step 10: Utilizing the fishing line, fasten the bottle’s top to the base. The fishing line should be inserted through the first set of holes, pulled back through the second set, and continued around the bottle’s ring. When you’re done, knot the line’s ends. To hold the bottle’s edges together, tie the fishing line through at least 4 holes on opposite sides.

Catching Minnows with the Trap

  1. Holding the trap by its anchor line, lower it into a river that is no deeper than 3 feet. Let the trap sink to the bottom with the additional weight of the rocks within the bottle.

  2. The bottle shouldn’t be able to be moved by the flow from where you lower it down. Find an alternate spot to set your trap if the flow is too strong.

  3. If there are any trees, you can hang the anchor line from one of them. If not, locate a strong stick and attach the anchor line with the stick. Near the river, bury it at least 3 inches underground. It holds the trap in place if it starts to float away. 

  4. The minnows will need some time to find the trap, dive in, and get stuck. Depart the location for 24 hours after ensuring the trap is effective. You can  keep the minnows in the trap longer since they will survive within the trap when you grab them. 

  5. By the anchor line, remove the trap from the river when you visit the next day. You may lift the trap out of the water by grabbing the line with your hand and pulling it up. You may have a trap loaded with minnows with a good luck!

  6. The tiny hole in the bottle’s nozzle allows the minnows to enter, but they are unable to escape. The trap will be heavy and slick when you lift it out of the water, so proceed with caution.

  7. To release the trap and get the minnows out, untie or cut the fishing line. Set the bottle upright and remove the top portion of the bottle after removing the fishing line that kept the two pieces of the trap together.

The minnows can either be removed and stored in a fridge until you need to use them as bait or you can keep them alive in the water while you fish. The fishing line can be reused to reassemble the trap if you unwind it.

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