How to Make a Fish Trap for Tilapia

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Tilapia are a type of freshwater fish commonly found in Alabama, Texas, and Florida, as well as in their native Africa. Tilapia are a light-flavored fish that offer the protein and healthy oils found in other kinds of fish. Making a fish trap designed to catch tilapia is a simple process. The hardest part about making the fish trap is finding a good location to place the trap so that the tilapia will swim inside.

Cut the wire mesh, with wire cutters, into a piece about 10 feet long. Bend the wire into a rough cylinder or square shape, overlapping the metal 3 to 4 inches and tying with light-gauge wire. You may need to use the pliers to bend the wire.

Cut an additional piece of mesh large enough to fit over one end of the cylinder. Overlap the edges by about 5 inches and tie with the wire.

Make a cylinder from the mesh wire into a funnel shape. The widest end of the funnel should be at least 2 feet across so that the tilapia can fit inside. Bend the top out from that so that it lines up with the edges of the mesh box. Trim the wire where necessary and tie the pieces together with the wire.

Cut a square shape about 2 feet across on one side of the trap. This will become a door that will allow you tol insert bait and take the tilapia out from the trap. Cut the wire on three sides with the wire cutters. Tie two pieces of wire at the loose corners to hold the door shut when not in use.

Fill a small mesh bag with fish bait. You can use bait designed for tilapia or any plant-protein based bait. Place the bag inside the trap and allow it to float freely.

Place the trap in the water at a fresh-water, wetland or water course. Fresh water of temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees are more likely to hold tilapia. Tie the trap in place so that it does not float away. In one or two days, check the trap to see how many fish you've caught.


  • Wear work gloves and eye protection while working on this project to avoid being scratched or pierced.


About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.

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