Whether you’re an experienced angler or just getting started, raising worms is an easy and affordable way to provide yourself with bait that can help you catch more fish.

In this blog, we’ll cover the basics of raising worms, harvesting them, and how to use them for fishing.

Getting Started with Worm Farming

The first step in raising your own worms is deciding what type of worm you want to raise. Popular types of worms for fishing include red wigglers (also known as redworms) and European nightcrawlers.

Red wigglers are smaller than nightcrawlers but are hardier and easier to raise indoors; nightcrawlers grow much larger but need more space. Once you’ve chosen a type of worm, it’s time to set up your farm.

To start your own worm farm, you’ll need a bin or container with holes in the bottom for drainage, some soil or compost—which can be purchased at any garden center—and some worms.

Make sure the bin is large enough to house an adequate number of worms; a good rule of thumb is one square foot per pound of worms. Place the soil or compost in the bin and add water until it’s damp but not soaking wet; then add the worms and cover them with a thin layer of soil or compost.

Harvesting Your Worms

When harvesting your worms, you’ll want to be gentle so as not to injure them; try using tongs or a scoop-like tool like a trowel.

Gently dig into the soil until you find a cluster of worms, then scoop them out carefully into a bucket or other container filled with moist soil from their home bin.

You can keep your harvested worms alive for up to several days in their new container if it’s kept cool and moist before using them as bait.

Using Worms for Fishing

Once you’ve harvested your worms, they’re ready to use as bait! For best results when using live bait such as worms, thread them onto a hook so that only their head is exposed; this will ensure that they stay on the hook longer without slipping off into the water.

When fishing with live bait such as worms, remember that fish are attracted by movement—so make sure to give your line occasional jiggles while waiting for bites!


Raising your own fishing bait can save money over buying store-bought versions—plus it’s fun! With just a few simple steps and some basic supplies, anyone can create their own worm farm for harvesting fresh bait whenever they need it.

Now that you know how easy it is to raise your own fishing bait at home, why not give it a try? Happy fishing!