How to Make a Fish Trap with Some PVC and a Container

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How to Make a Fish Trap with Some PVC and a Container

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A good fish trap can save you a lot of time and effort when it comes to hunting for food during a survival situation.  We’ve talked about how to make different traps out of things like branches and plastic bottles before, and they are definitely worth utilizing in the field.  However, they can take a lot of work to build, and there’s a good chance that you’ll end up with a lot of small fish instead of a handful of larger ones.  Let’s take a look at a different option that can be easier to set up if you have the right material on hand, and you may end up catching bigger fish as a result.

Getting Started

The idea is to join two arms of wide-diameter PVC pipe to a T connector and insert the stem into a large container.  PVC that is at least 3” in diameter should be used in order to maximize the chances of attracting larger fish.  The first step is to attach two elbow joints to two pieces of pipe that are at least a foot long.  Take two more pieces that are at least 6” long and connect each one to their respective elbow and the T joint.  Then, take one more piece that’s at least 6” long to connect the T to the container. 

Prepare the Container

Cut out a hole in the container that matches the diameter of the PVC stem.  Cut a few holes or gashes around the sides of the container to allow for the movement of water in and out of the system as well.  Make sure that the arms are extended outward and spaced at least a foot apart once everything is assembled.  You also want to place the hole in the container near the top for reasons that will make sense after reading through the rest of the instructions.

Setting the Trap

Next, dig a hole along the edge of the water so you can bury the container.  You can use any container, including a large bucket or water barrel, as long as it is big enough to hold the fish you catch.  Remember that bigger is better in order to make this trick worthwhile.  You don’t need to completely bury the container, but You want it deep enough so fish will fall in through the PVC tunnel but not be able to swim back out.

Next, you want to dig two channels at the waters edge that are deep enough to hold the PVC arms so they are resting just beneath the surface.  You also need to dig a channel to seat the rest of the unit so the top of the PVC is flush with the ground.  Lay the unit down, and cover it with some sand or sediment.  Attach the PVC stem to the bucket with the hole that you cut earlier.  This is why you want to make the hole in the top third of the bucket. 

Finally, add some water to the bucket and place some vegetation over and around the openings of the PVC arms that extend into the water.  Place some bait in the bucket as well as near the openings to attract fish.  All you need to do now is wait.  As long as there’s bait to attract the fish, chances are that they will swim right through the PVC and fall into the bucket.  Periodically check the bucket and empty it of fish as needed.

This trap works wonders in streams, lakes and rivers where fish would normally be swimming, and it can be quite-effective.  Try it for yourself and see how this can be one of the easiest ways to catch a suitable amount of fish in a short amount of time.