Making a Minnow Trap for Dummies

They say fish go to school, but here’s one that proves minnow’s are not in that category, in fact they must be pretty dumb. So if you need some minnows for bait here’s a quick and easy way to trick a bunch of them into being on the end of your fishing hook.  Minnow are so dumb if you put a peice of bread into a pop bottle they will swim in and won’t be able to find their way out! If you happen to have two pop bottles then your in business! It will take 2 two liter pop bottle’s and a knife, or scissors, and a nail, simple as that.

1. Cut off the bottom of the first bottle.
2. Cut the top off your second bottle.
3. Put the top of your second bottle into the bottom of your first bottle
4. Heat a nail and poke holes around the bottom. You could also use duct tape instead.









To use your trap, add some bread or cracker bits through the funnel
Sink the trap in your favorite pond or lake for a few hours, preferably overnight.
Tie it securely to a dock or tree.
The minnows will go in the trap but aren’t smart enough to get out.
Next morning, simply open the bottle cap and pour the minnows into your bait bucket. You’re all set for a day of fishing!


  1. Since all these fish can be found in ponds and lakes, they don’t require runnnig water, however those bodies of water have a huge water surface for oxygen exchange, and most have plants that help oxygenate the water as well.The thing you need to consider is filtration and aeration. If you provide a water flow, that will help oxygenate the water, and will allow you to add a filter. I’ve done it, building my own filter using a 55 gallon heavy plastic barrel filled with lava rock. A length of PVC pipe going up through the middle of the barrel to carry the water from the pond into the filter , then allowed to flow over the lip of the tilted barrel down a water fall set up. The barrel was hidden inside a fake boulder that was part of the falls.The filter system was turned of and drained during the winter so it wouldn’t freeze.At 5 feet, the water depth is no problem for these fish to survive in.Catfish are nocturnal, so will need places to hide during the day.Carp are huge waste producers, so you might want to think twice about these.You could also throw in some minnows of some kind, and/or mosquito fish, to provide an ongoing natural food supply for the larger fish. Or crayfish or shrimp.To prevent algae, in the spring place a few water hyacynths across the surface.

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