A quick guide to fishing with worms

A quick guide to fishing with worms

If you were introduced to fishing as a kid, you probably learned how to fish with worms. Live worms are wrapped in rich black dirt and move up and down. Once you feel the satisfying strike of a fish taking your bait, you will be delighted with fishing with live bait for a lifetime!

But worm fishing is not just for children. Many anglers use worms to catch species like bass, trout, crappie, bluegill, perch, and more. The truth is that most fish will likely eat a worm, whether it is fresh or salt water, large or small. If you want to learn how to fish with worms, this quick guide will help you get started. Let’s set up and roll!

Learn how to choose the bait

You should stock up on worms with thick bodies that are between 4 and 8 inches long. Most bait shops have a selection of red worms, earthworms, and night crawlers.

Learn how to choose your device

A live bait hook, Aberdeen hook, or octopus hook has long legs that are great for living worms. Adjust the size of the hook to the size of the worm. A size of 3/0 to 5/0 should do the trick. You’ll also need an assortment of bobbers and a couple of lightweight split-shot weights.

Rig your rod

Use light fishing line that fish in clear water cannot see. Tie a clinch knot to secure the hook to the marker end of your fishing line. Depending on the depth of the water, place the bobber two to three feet above your hook. Add a split shot weight to your line to keep your bait from floating to the surface. Check out this basic bobber rig video for more information.

Hook the worm

Thread the worm along the hook shaft and poke through the worm two or three times. Let part of the worm dangle at the end to seduce the fish with its wobbling motion.

Bait presentation

There is no need to edit this bait. Let the bait drift with the current and keep an eye on the bobber. If you see the bobber go down, check the box!

Now that you know how to fish with worms, you can use our interactive map to find places to fish near you.