Make a minnow trap

Reuse plastic bottles and make the most of old bread to create your very own fish-catching device

How to make a minnow trap
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You Will Need

  • two-litre drink bottle
  • plyers and a nail (for melting)
  • scissors/knife
  • Twine
  • a stone for a weight
  • bulldog clips
  • bread

Step 1

How to make a minnow trap, step 1

Drill or melt holes into a plastic bottle – a two-litre drink bottle works well. Cut off the top of the bottle using scissors or a sharp knife.

Step 2

How to make a minnow trap, step 2

Tie twine to one side of the trap to create a handle, at least two metres in length. Tie a weight (such as a stone) to the other side using twine.

Step 3

How to make a minnow trap, step 3

Invert the top of the bottle you previously cut off and secure it inside using bulldog clips. Fold the clips back and bait the trap with bread.

Step 4

How to make a minnow trap, step 4

Lower the trap into the water and wait an hour for minnows to arrive. Enjoy your catch before safely and swiftly returning the fish to the water.

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Illustrations by Enya Todd