How to Make a Homemade Minnow Trap

The Jar Trap
This minnow trap is much like the soda bottles only a little more elaborate. In order to make this you will need the following:
*         A large mouthed plastic jar with a twist on top
*         Lighter
*         A nail
*         Scissors
*         Four 20 oz soda bottles
*         A large bore drill

Start by heating the nail and poking enough holes in the base of the jar to let water flow in quickly. Make four holes (one on each side) about half way down the bottle with your drill. The holes need to be large enough to fit the mouth of the bottles through them. Cut the tops off the bottle about 1 ½ to 2 inches down. Insert the mouth of the bottles into the four holes you drilled and seal them shut with wax or more plastic.

Now take the nail and heat it again and poke a hole in the lid of the jar. Take the string and tight a knot in one end and slide it through the hole in the lid so that the knot catches it on one end and the length of the string is outside the jar. Now you can place a rock in the base of the jar to weight it down and you have a very nice homemade minnow trap.

Knowing how to make a homemade minnow trap is just one of the puzzle pieces to making great bait. When you know how to make your own traps for baits and then how to prepare them properly, you’ll be well on your way to catching bigger and better fish. This also gives you a much greater appreciation for the fish you do catch. You will feel a sense of reward because you spent so much more time than someone who just buys bait from a store. Now that you know how to make a homemade minnow trap you can get out there and start experiencing fishing in a whole new way.

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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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