The Insider’s Guide To Make Catfish Traps For 2021

What about a smoking broiled blue catfish with a sprinkle of parmesan and parsley in Sunday dinner and the fish has been caught with your family as the weekend fun? Not bad! Right?

There are approximately 3000 species of catfish around the world, and a bunch of fishing methods and a load of traps are used apart from usual baiting.

A hundred catfish traps are available in fishing kit stores and online shops. But if you want to make one on your own, this article is mainly for you.

Make your own Catfish Trap by Yourself


Catfish traps from the shop are generally tube-shaped or rectangular. You can make your own exactly the same. You only have to keep in mind the general mechanism of a catfish trap.

Creating a funnel followed by a second funnel where there is a way of going in but not a way out of the funnel is the primary mechanism of a fish trap.

Today is applying this witty technique; we will make some useful and super hunting catfish traps. And the most satisfying matter; we will make them by using some items easily available around the home.

1. Catfish trap Using Trash Can

Yes. Right!

We are using a trash can here.


  • Drill machine
  • Cutting wheel
  • Wire cutter
  • plier


  • A trash can with the cover (or A big bucket with small holes)
  • 32” by 13” Hardware Cloth for funnel
  • Zip ties



Step 1: At first, cut a 10” hole in the cover of a trash bin (or the lid of a bucket).

Step 2: Now we have to make a cone with the hardware. To do so, take the hardware cloth and cut it along lengthwise in 4 pieces (8” long)

Step 3: Then make 10 holes at equal distance in the cover of the bin around the big hole.

Step 4: Now the fun part!

Attach the cloth widthwise with the cover/lid. Use the plier to lose some wires from the cloth and make them go inside the small holes.

Then tighten it up with the lid/cover by the plier.

After this step, you will find your trap as a mesh helmet which just doesn’t have a head cover.

Step 5: Now the most tricky and witty part!

  • Flip the cover and face the mesh part. Hold two adjacent pieces with your two hands and try to cross-band the loose part with each other. Then use two zip ties near the lid to attach the quarter cone.
  • Now Among the 4 pieces, 2 pieces have been joined together, and twos are left.Take the jointed two in one hand and loosen one in another hand and follow the same procedure.After joining them with zip ties, a semi-cone will be made.
  • Then take the last one and join it with the semi-cone with the zip ties. You have to make sure that the hole of the cone is not too small for the fish to enter as well as not so big for the fish to escape. Fix the pieces and any opening of the hardware cloth.

Step 6: Now finally place the cover over the bin or lid over the basket.

Your trap is now ready to use.

Phew!! Who had ever thought we would make an excellent catfish trap with a trash bean!!!

2. Catfish Trap using Plastic Bottle

Now the second one.



  • A plastic bottle (5/10 liters)
  • Zip ties


Step 1: Cut the bottleneck at 3.5” down from the bottle cap.

Step 2: Open up the cap and cut the cap holder.

Then you will get a cone-shaped cup from the neck which both ends are open.

Step 3: Then cut the cup length-wise with the knife.

Step 4: Now flip over the neck-piece and place it over the top of the main piece of the bottle.

Step 5: Now you have to be cautious in this part.

Take the burner and heat it up to melt the edge of the attached parts of the bottle pieces.

Step 6: Cut around 2/3 of the diameter of the bottom part of the bottle.

Secure it again with the bottle using the zip ties.  This plug will help you to take out the trapped fishes.

The plastic bottle catfish trap is ready to use now. Secure it by some heavy things and lay it down to catch the fishes.

This trap is not very much useful to catch the big one. But efficient one for the medium to small catfishes.


3. Pipe Trap for Catfish


  • razor knife
  • Drill machine


  • PVC pipe (drain or sewer pipe) of at least 5” diameter for the shell
  • End plug (A lid of a bucket of 6” diameter)
  • Zip ties
  • Plastic sheet


Step 1: Take a 4” long PVC pipe. The length depends on the fish size; you want to catch. But never take it less than 3”. Otherwise, the pipe will make the fishes afraid.

Step 2: Then take a 15.5” plastic sheet and start to cut it to pie-shaped 5 pieces outward from the center.

Do not cut over the edge so that the pieces don’t fall off. Leave some space around the edge.

Step3: Now bend each piece from the outer lip to inward to form a conic shape at the center.

Step4: Now the hard work is being started!

Make 5 holes at one edge of the pipe in the average distance with the drill machine.

Also, make 5 holes at the edge of the plastic sheet.

Step 5: Now join the plastic sheet and pipe with zip ties to get a fishing throat

Cut the excess sharp edges of the zip ties to avoid any fish hemorrhage.

Step 6: Place the bucket lid at another edge of the pipe.

Make sure that the lid is secured and fish cannot escape away by pushing or shoving the lid.

You can use this pipe trap to catch big fishes. In that case, you have to use a long pipe from the usual one. And do not ever forget to secure the trap with a rope (because the catfish is a fighter one).


4. Survival Catfish Trap

It is an ancient one. When the hardware cloth or the PVC pipe were not made, our ancestors used to make this type of survival trap. This trap is often called Asian Catfish Trap or Indian catfish trap.


  • Knife
  • And your muscles (I am not kidding)


  • Thin stems or tree stumps (of 1” diameter) for the shell and funnel
  • strong willow bark as cordage
  • Flexible vine for the hoops and mesh


Step 1: Separate the bark from the willow seedlings.

You will need around 31 meters cordage. So, Strip sufficient amount of bark in long strips.

Step 2: Make 3 hoops of 10” diameter for the shell and 1 hoop of 9” diameter for the funnel.

Use the vine to make the hoops. Make sure the hoops are tight and use extra cordage if needed.

Step 3: Now cut the stems and prepare 27 pieces of sticks (each 30” long). Those pieces will be used for making the core.

And prepare 10 pieces of sticks for the funnel which are 15” long.

Also, cut out five 11” long sticks for the mesh.

Step 4: Now take a hoop of 10” diameter and start to place the sticks on the outer side of the hoop by lashing with the cordage. Place the sticks one after another over the hoop keeping even distance among them.

After this step, you will find the shell as a semi-tube which one end is circular, and another end is making a slightly conical shape.

Step 5: Place the remained hoops inside the tube. Tie the 2nd hoop in the middle length of the tube and the 3rd one at the free edge of the tube. Use the cordage to keep them secure.

Step 6: Now you have to plug one of the ends of the tube.

Make a mesh with the small sticks (11” long) and the vine. After that plug the end with the mesh and secure it with the shell by the cordage lashing.

Step7: Now it’s time to make the funnel!

Take the hoop with 9” diameters and the sticks of 15” length and follow the step 4.

Step 8: Now you will get a conical shaped funnel. But that has to be flexible.

So, use some cordage and weave them on the other end to make the funnel flexible enough for the fish to enter.

Step 9: Now place the funnel over the open end so that the narrow hole goes inside the shell.

Secure it with some rope or cord and set a trap for the fish.


Last Minute Tips To Make Catfish Traps

Bait: Lure the fish with the natural food what they usually take Use some smelly cheese, meat or bone instead of store-bought fish food.

Trap placing: Use different spots to set your trap to catch catfish of different sizes.

Securing Trap: Use a couple of rocks or stones to ensure your trap. You can also use some rope to fasten it with a tree so that the trap does not get lost.

Trap size: Determine the size of the trap according to the fish size you want to catch.

Now pick up your favorite catfish trap and go for hunting down the delicious catfish on your own.

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