How To Use Worms Effectively: 3 Ways To Use Nightcrawlers

Video how to rig a live worm

3 Killer Ways To Catch Fish On Nightcrawlers

1. Bobber And A Hook

Bobber Rig

Simple bobber and hook rig

There are many anglers out there that will laugh at this point, but in all honesty, it is the truth. This classic technique will suspend a nightcrawler at whatever depth you want and allow for it to move about freely. It is this frisky movement that drives fish crazy. The fish you will most likely be targeting will be panfish to largemouth bass. I have caught walleye, crappies, and large cats as well using this technique. It is a cheap and easy way to go fishing. It does not require a huge experience level to be able to fish with this rig. It will catch probably anything that swims by it and will provide all the action you have ever want when fishing a lake or pond.

If you are taking a child fishing and the pressure is there to catch something, always take a pack or worms. You can always use the box of worms as a last resort. By throwing a worm out on a bobber you honestly never know what will hit it. But you will be the hero by keeping the poles bending worm after worm.

2. Weighted Worm Rig: Split Shot Rig

Weighted Worm Bottom Rig

Weighted Worm Bottom Rig With Egg Sinker

There will be times when fishing that the water may be deep, time of year the fish congregate near the bottom, or you may have found some sort of sunken debris in a lake that will be a good area to fish. When this happens, and you are fishing with worms, getting it to the bottom can be a challenge. Having a bobber on my limit where you can fish so the best option could be a weighted worm rig.

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This rig is a cheap and easy to put together. First, you must start with a hook. The hook I prefer to use when fishing with live worms is a 3/0 Mustad straight shank hook. This hook will allow for me to put the hook on easier. After this, you need just a few small Gremlin Split shots to weight the line down and get it to the bottom. The preferred way to swim this rig is to drag it along the bottom or float it just barely off the bottom. I assure you that almost anything in the lake will hit this rig. How you work, it often will determine what bites. By working the weighted worm rig slowly across the bottom, you will attract more bass. By letting it sit there in one place often, panfish will find it and attack. No matter what way you retrieve it something out there will hit it. This rig is relatively weedless and should not get hung up on much. The only challenging thing can be placing

The tricky thing can be putting the worm on the hook. An experienced angler will know how to do this, but maybe you are new to the game so let us tell you the best four-way to do it.

3. Trolling Crawler Harness

Trolling Crawler Harness

Trolling Crawler Harness For Deep Water Worm Fishing.

When you think about trolling, the first thing that comes to mind is offshore trolling for wahoo or freshwater trolling for striper. When often trolling times the lure of choice is a hard plastic crankbait or diver. In reality, though, you can troll nightcrawlers just as effectively. There are many species of fish that will hit a nightcrawler trolled behind the boat. Those species include walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout, and crappies.

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So what is a trolling crawler harness? It is a very simple rig. The rig is a piece of monofilament fishing line about a foot in length with a couple of spinner blades and a hook. To get this rig to sink some weight needs to be added to it. An egg sinker with a swivel is usually the way of choice for getting this to sit at the appropriate depths. So this is a must add a method to how you fish nightcrawlers on open water.


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No matter your experience level, species of fish, targeted or the time of year, It is always a perfect time to consider using worms. With our techniques, it will help you fish successfully and hook up with more fish. If you have any other techniques or want to tell us how these worked out for you, then email us at or leave a comment below. Fishing with worms can be fun, with our fishing tips knowing how to rig nightcrawlers you will be able to alleviate this worry and enjoy an all-day fishing trip.

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