Question - Do worms work for ice fishing?

Answered by: Deborah Griffin  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-08-2021  |  Views: 1057  |  Total Questions: 10

Also known as tebro worms, butterworms are one of the most popular baits that you can use when ice fishing for rainbow trout. However, one of the ice fishing tips you'll have to remember is that butterworms will work best when they are kept dry and alive. To keep them alive, be sure to store them in sawdust. It would depend on whether you even could find nightcrawlers to buy because they're not a traditional ice fishing bait. Not in this part of the world, at least. Most wintertime anglers use minnows for walleyes and pike, and waxworms or spikes for perch and panfish. Crawlers definitely work for trout through the ice. For ice fishing live bait, try wax worms (bee moth larva), maggots, spikes (fly larvae), wigglers (mayfly larvae) or minnows. You can drop your bait and leave it alone, or you can slowly jig to attract the fish. Waxworms may be bought at anglers/fishing bait shops, online at The Worm Lady, or at exotic reptile pet stores. They are often referred to as 'waxies' and used for catching some varieties of panfish, members of the sunfish family, Green sunfish, and can be used for shallow water fishing with use of a lighter weight. Best depths to try while ice fishing Fish Species Early Winter Mid-Late Winter Crappie 8 to 12 feet 20 to 40 feet Yellow Perch 12 to 15 feet 20 to 35 feet Walleye 18 to 25 feet 15 to 25 feet Lake Trout 20 to 60 feet 20 to 60 feet

https://www.tacklescout.com/walleye-ice-fishing-lures/

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https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/ice-fishing-trout/153754

Generally, the best bait is a live nymph because it's something trout commonly forage on and something they rarely refuse when it's presented correctly. Maggots, which imitate caddis and other aquatic larvae, waxworms, redworms (if you can find any), and small crappie minnows also make excellent baits.

https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/where-do-worms-go-in-winter

These earthworms never burrow deep into the soil, so cold winter temperatures kill them. To keep their species alive, however, they lay eggs in tiny sacks that protect the eggs from freezing or drying out during the winter. In the spring, the eggs hatch and a whole new group of worms is born to repeat the life cycle.

https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=20117.0

Re: dead waxworms Tear em up or squish them and sink them down the holes for chum, they will attract fish so yes they are good for something. This goes for waxies, spikes, mousies, and maggots you tear off the hooks when you change to fresh bait. As long as it's legal where you're fishing try it.

https://www.joshsfrogs.com/catalog/blog/2018/06/7-bugs-to-catch-the-big-one/

Waxworms: One of the most common fishing baits frequently used for ice fishing. Waxworms are great for catching brin, trout, catfish, bluegill, crappie, bass, perch, and other panfish. They have very soft bodies and are known to break off the hook.

https://www.caudata.org/forum/showthread.php?t=74478

If a feeder insect can survive the trip thru the mouth let alone the stomach acids to bite our animals then they're superbug imo. Wax worms are delicate feeders wtih no shell that are damaged/killed easily.

https://www.wormman.com/cat_wax.cfm

Place wax worms in the door of our refrigerator, or a cool basement if you plan to keep them for a while. The shelf of the refrigerator is too cold, which is why we say to keep them in the door which is usually a little warmer. If you keep your wax worms at room temp they will pupate and then become moths.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waxworm

Two species of waxworm, Galleria mellonella and Plodia interpunctella have both been observed eating and digesting polyethylene plastic. The waxworms metabolize polyethylene plastic films into ethylene glycol, a compound which biodegrades rapidly.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-mealworms-and-waxworms-and-what-characteristics

Waxworms are the caterpillar larvae of wax moths, which belong to the snout moth family (Pyralidae). Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle. During the larval stage, the mealworm feeds on vegetation and dead insects and periodically molts. A molting episode occurs between each larval stage, or instar.