How to Find Leeches for Catfish Bait

by Lanh Ma

Catfish are predominantly the fish that take leeches. Walleye will occasionally snap at these parasitical animals, but most other fish do not care for leeches. While it is possible to find leeches for catfish at your local bait shop, you can easily catch your own as long as you have access to shallow water where the leeches live. You can start by making a leech trap, which will allow you to take fresh leeches fishing for catfish with you.

Items you will need

  • Metal coffee can with lid
  • Hammer
  • Large nail
  • Rocks
  • Rotten meat
Step 1

Punch between 10 and 15 holes in the sides of a metal coffee can with a hammer and a nail. Punch from the outside of the can to the inside, leading to sharp edges pointing toward the inside.

Step 2

Place several rocks in the bottom of the can to weigh it down.

Step 3

Place between ½ to 1 lb. of rotten meat into the coffee can.

Step 4

Snap the lid onto the can.

Step 5

Place the can in murky, shallow water.

Step 6

Leave the can overnight.

Step 7

Retrieve and examine the can in the morning. The leeches will be drawn to to meat and cannot get back out of the holes through which they entered due to the sharp edges.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store your leeches in a jam jar filled with water and covered with a bit of cloth secured with a rubber band. You can keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to go fishing.

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