How to Fish With Crickets? Guide to Crickets Fishing!

How to fish with crickets

Did you know that crickets can be just as effective as worms or minnows when it comes to fishing?

Many beginners overlook crickets because they think they're difficult to handle and hook, but with practice, it becomes second nature. The key is to hook them without killing them, usually behind the head at the right depth.

Crickets have a natural movement that attracts fish, making them irresistible as bait. They can be used in different bodies of water and are especially effective in spring and summer.

So, discover how to fish with crickets, where to find them, and what fish you can catch!



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What Kind of Fish Can You Catch with Crickets?

Using crickets as baits you can catch all kinds of fish species.

Some of the most common ones that will happily bite on a cricket are trout, bream, crappie, yellow perch, younger, and smaller bass and smaller pikes.

If you want to catch bigger pike or bass, unfortunately crickets won’t do the job.


Trout is a very popular fish for recreational fishing. One of the best baits to use for catching trout are crickets. When fishing for trout, let your bait cricket float with water current, or wind on steady water.

Don’t aggressively move it to a specific place, because his presence needs to appear natural.

How to Fish With Crickets - Fish Trout


Bream feed from the water surface. Crickets are best for summer fishing, in the morning. When using crickets as baits, use smaller hooks, in order for the cricket to float. Also, use fishing lines that do not tend to sink.

Yellow Perch

If using crickets to catch yellow perch, you are more likely to succeed during summer. You also need to pick a proper location, which is usually under some object overhanging the water surface. For bigger perch, your bait will need to be placed under the surface, closer to the bottom.


In spring and summer, crickets work very well for crappie. Although crickets are a natural food for crappie, he will rarely eat from the water surface.

To catch a crappie, present your cricket as bait below the surface, to a medium depth. Here you can use a bit bigger hooks. You can use a split shot in this case.

How to Fish With Crickets - Fish Crappie

When using crickets as baits it is good to present your bait to look as natural as possible. That is why most anglers use them in the morning. Crickets would end up in the water when they are most active, and that time is before midday.

How do you Use / Hook a Cricket as Bait?

Hooking a cricket is the hardest part. You need to do it properly in order to keep it alive, but also to be firm enough on the hook. This technique requires some practice.

First of all, you need to take the cricket in your hand. They tend to jump away so be careful not to lose one. They can also run away from a box you keep them in. You need to hold it gently because they are delicate and you do not want to injure the cricket.

One of the best places for hook is behind crickets head, on top of his back. Take the hook and pull it through the cricket. That is a hard part. If it ends up too deep you will kill the cricket, if it is too shallow, it will fall off.

That upper back part of a cricket is hard, but underneath the cricket is soft and delicate. While pushing the hook, try to do it in an even and steady motion. In that way cricket will stay alive and fully capable of moving. And you need him to move on the hook to attract fish.

On the hook, cricket should be placed on the bended part of the hook. Not too close to the sharp top, but also not to high towards the line.

Unfortunately, even the best placed hook will cause cricket to die soon. They live very short after you pierce them. There are other ways to hook a cricket too.

Some anglers hook it on the back side of the body, or even try to tie them to the hook. But the best and the easiest way is the one previously described.

One more important thing is to cast very gently. Don’t throw it around like some other baits because crickets are sensitive.

How to Fish With Crickets - Hook Live Bait

What's the Best Way to Catch Crickets?

Crickets can be bought, but why not catching them by yourself?

They live around waters and they are around you while fishing. If you know how to catch them, you can’t run out of your favorite bait.

One of the best and easiest ways to catch crickets is using a plastic bottle. Any plastic bottle about 2 liter size will do. Clean it with water to remove the traces of liquid that was originally inside. Cut away the top part, below the bottleneck.

Take pieces of bread, make it wet, and put it inside the bottle. You can even add some sugar. Then take the top part of the bottle and close the big opening by putting the top part inside, upside down.

Lay the bottle on the floor, next to a place where crickets naturally occur. Bread should attract them in the bottle, but because of the shape the will have hard time going out. Check the bottle regularly.

This is the best way not just because all the trap parts are easily available, but also crickets won’t get hurt, and it is easy to transport them contained in a bottle.

After you catch them and close the bottle (or any other container), make sure you don’t keep them in direct sunlight and if you want them to live longer, pierce holes in the bottle for air.

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How Long do Bait Crickets Live?

When planning fishing with live crickets, you need to consider their lifespan as bait. It depends on how much effort are you willing to take.

If stored properly and fed regularly, they can live a couple of weeks in your home. You can store them in plastic tanks. Size of the tank should be 4 liters for 100 crickets. Use egg crates for bottom. You can feed them with oatmeal and provide water source. A damp sponge is better than bowl, in which they can drown.

So, if you are really serious about your bait cricket cultivation, they can live like this for up to 2 months.

If you are asking how long they live when hooked, the answer is not very long. They can die in few minutes. If you are very skillful, they can live a bit longer. If the fish won’t bite, you can’t use the same cricket the whole day of course.

The good thing is that they are very appealing to the fish and they will usually bite before the cricket dies.

If you catch a few crickets in the morning and store them in a bottle away from sunlight, but you have no desire to take them home, they can survive a day of fishing with no problem.

How to Fish With Crickets - Live

Can You Freeze Crickets for Fishing?

Live bait is great, but sometimes keeping crickets alive, or trying to buy/catch them before a fishing trip is not an option. Having your bait ready for unexpected occasions is convenient.

Anglers have different opinions abut this, and while some say that freezing crickets is great, others will say that it doesn’t work.

So, can you freeze crickets for fishing, and what happens if you do so?

By freezing them, you will of course kill them, so when defrosted and presented to fish, they will lack the motion that attracts fish. This means that you will have to put a lot more effort into your presentation to make the fish interested.

Luckily, the scent will still be there, so if you do it right, fish will bite.

Another problem with freezing crickets is based on physics. Crickets contain certain amount of water in their tissues, and when frozen, that water expands. This will break the bonds in the tissues, and when defrosted, their body is going to be softer, and a bit more saggy. What this means for an angler is that hooking them, and making them stay on the hook, will be harder to do.

In my opinion, crickets can be frozen if you do not have any other option, however, the fresh ones will work much better.

Where to Buy Crickets for Fishing?

Catching crickets can be a tedious task, and if you do not want to be bothered with that, you can always buy them.

So, where to buy crickets for fishing?

Well, this depends on your location and available stores in the area. Live crickets can be bought in tackle/bait stores, if those are well equipped.

Another option is to order them from a farm nearby, and have them delivered, of course if that service is available. Crickets are resilient and can survive that kind of transport.

If these options are not working for you, then you have the third one, and that is pet stores. Crickets are natural food source for many exotic pets, and stores that keep supplies for exotic animals will also sell live crickets.

No matter where you live, at least one of these options should be available to you, so that you can always have some fresh crickets for your fishing adventures!

How to Fish With Crickets - Freeze


If you were thinking about how to fish with crickets, hopefully you got your answer.

It is true that handling crickets is not easy and it requires patience and skill. It is definitely worth the effort because they are cheap, easily accessible and can be used as bait for a variety of fish species.

It becomes easier with practice. Many anglers enjoy fishing with crickets instead of worms or similar baits, as crickets are cleaner and sometimes even work better. Although they are not the easiest bait they are suitable for beginner anglers too, because you can use very simple and basic fishing gear with them.

If you want to learn more about fishing with crickets, try it on your nearest water. 

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