How to build a minnow trap

It is very simple to build a minnow trap, and you can do it without too much effort once you learn how. There are some simple materials you will need to gather. Chances are you may already have some of them on hand in your garage so take an inventory. Then you can make a list of what you need to go out and by.
You need to get a sheet of ? inch galvanized mesh to start with. You will also need a package of plastic zip ties. They don’t have to be very long so just whatever you happen to have on hand is fine. To substitute, you can use an old roll of fishing line that is 8 or 10 pound test. If you aren’t planning to put it on a reel, use it so that you don’t have it just lying around anymore.

You will need to cut two sections of the mesh. Each one needs to be about 6 inches in length. You want to get them the same size, and then place them to the side for now. With the remaining mesh, roll it into a tube. You want it to be from 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Cut off the excess mesh once that has been accomplished.

Now use the zip ties or the fishing line to connect the two ends together. The idea is to make sure the mesh is able to successfully stay in the form of a tube. You don’t want it to come un done. Use as much of the zip ties or fishing line as you need to keep it very secure. You should have some type of hold every ? inch down the length of the tube you have created out of the mesh.

One of the pieces of mesh that you put to the side can now be used. You want to stand the tube up on top of it. Use something to draw around the circle in the center of that mesh piece. You are going to use it by cutting out the circle and then attaching the piece to the back of your tube. Again, use the zip ties or the fishing line to create some time of security every ? inch.

Cut a four inch square out of the center of the back of the tube you have created. This will become the door for your minnow trap. Use several zip ties and you will be able to create a hinge like mechanism on one side of it. You can use wire or other materials you have to make a latch for the door. You only need a door that is large enough for your hand to fit inside of it.

The other piece of cut mesh that you placed aside needs to be rolled up into the shape of a cone. The large enough of it should be the same diameter as your tube. The smaller end of it should be about ? of an inch diameter. This set up ensures that the minnows can easily get into the trap, but that it is almost impossible for them to get back out.

Place this part or the mesh into the minnow trap. You want to place the small end of the cone in first. Use the zip ties or the fishing line to attach that mesh every ? around the front of the cone. Make sure it is going to remain securely in place with the tube when you are done.

You can make several short leaders and tie small pieces of crumbled up mesh that you have left over to them. Tie the other end to the top of the minnow trap. These small leaders will give you something to squish power bait into. They will be dangling from the top which is going to draw the minnows to the area. As they nibble on the power bait they will likely end up inside of the minnow trap.

You can also place corn, dough bait, or other items into the bottom of your trap. However, I have found that I get the best results when I create the short leaders at the top. It doesn’t take long and it is well worth the effort. If you plan to use the minnows as bait, then you will have plenty of success. The idea is to quickly be able to get enough of them for a full day of fishing.

Now that you know how to build a minnow trap, get the supplies and get started. If you have children, they may be able to help you too. They will take great pride in spending time on such a project with you. That time can be worth more than the minnow trap. Before we know it children grow up, but when they go fishing they will have fond memories of what they did with you as a child.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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