Oct 22 2007

The Fishing Trap in Action

Published by at 1:14 pm under Catching Animals

First of all. Thank you for your donation Carl!

My home made fishing trap was only out for three nights. The spawning fish usually run during the night, especially in such shallow streams so having it out during the night is more likely to get you a good catch. The trout also doesn’t run when there is ice on the streams, which accounts for a lack of success the first night of fishing. Also, if there is a full moon, regardless of clouds, the fish don’t run.

This way of using the fishing trap does not make use of bait, but instead you fence the stream, leading the fish into the trap. The fence can be made out of sticks or rocks like here. It is an advantage if there is a little water flow through the fence, to ease the flow going through the trap. The holes must of course not be big enough for the fish to pass through. Especially, check under the trap, the corners there are easy to miss. You don’t have to fence much over the waterline since the fish will take the easiest route, which is through the funnel.


Be sure that you fence them into the trap. Fish arn’t terribly bright, which is why this trap works in the first place. So if you place the fence in the middle of the trap like the example here shows, the fish are unlikely to find their way in.


The trap must be weighed down a little to keep it in place. Place some stones inside too. See the fish?


Emptying the trap is easiest to do by taking the whole trap out of the water and take them out through the hole. It makes a mess out of the fence, but it will still reduce the time you spend fiddeling around with your hands in the cold water.


On these two nights I caught 7 and 14 trout. I carried them to a different lake which has too little fish, since food was ample at the time.


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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “The Fishing Trap in Action”

  1. Marcon 22 Oct 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Torjus!

    nice work with this log, interesting to see how this technique works and simply provides you with food;
    maybe iunteresting toalso show how you built the trap?

    Oh and you have some weird programdisturbances on the site
    the page crashed several times and text came out in |||||||||| first

    later dude 🙂


  2. Sam_acwon 22 Oct 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Simple and effective. I really like that way of doing things.
    It seems your blog has really taken off since switching over to here! I can’t afford the donation at the moment but I’ll keep clicking on links and referencing you when I can.

  3. viridarion 23 Oct 2007 at 2:50 pm

    This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite blogs. Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

  4. Owenon 27 Oct 2007 at 11:23 pm

    great fish trap! I’ve been thinking of making one of my own for awhile now.

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