Perch are great live bait for fishing, and there are a few ways to build your own trap to catch them. The traditional perch trap is also known as the round trap or cylinder trap. It is similar to the trap used to catch minnows, but modified for a larger catch. To build one, all it takes is a little chicken wire.
Roll the large sheet of wire mesh lengthwise into a cylinder. Overlap the edge of the mesh by one inch and use wire to securely bind the edges together. Check for gaps and bind them shut. Cut the 17-by-17-inch square of chicken wire into a circle to fit the end of the cylinder. Fasten this to one end of the cylinder using wire. You should now have a cylinder 72 inches long, open at one end.
Round one edge of each 23-by-23-inch square of chicken wire into a semicircle, and roll them into cones. Trim the excess and snip the ends off the cones, so that the narrow ends terminate in holes of about 6 inches. You should now have two cones 17 inches in diameter, with narrow holes at the ends. Cut a small square flap in the underside of one cone to use as a trap door. Fasten this trap door shut with a small coil of wire.
Place the cone with the trap door in the middle of the cylinder, with the narrow end facing inward. Bind it in place using the stainless steel wire. Bind the other cone to the open end of the cylinder, also facing inward. Your cylinder should now contain two throats through which fish can pass only one way.
Cut another small square in the side of the cylinder to use as a trap door, fastening it again with wire. The outer trap door can be opened to place bait in the trap. The inner door is to allow fish that have been caught in the trap's first chamber to pass through.
- Bread soaked in anise oil works well as bait. This can be placed inside a length of pantyhose which then sits inside a tin can inside a trap.
- Remember to check your trap every day. Failure to do so may be illegal in your area.