Lobster Bait

What You May Not Know about Lobster Bait

You might not consider lobster bait to be an interesting subject, but it can actually be a fascinating topic!  Even if you are a fan of television shows like “Lobster Wars” and they happen to mention what they are using in the traps, there is more to know about the kind of bait people use when they want to trap lobsters.  If you’ve ever enjoyed a delicious lobster meal or you’ve ever considered setting your own lobster trap, you’ll want to learn more about lobster baiting and trapping.

Finding the right bait when you want to trap lobsters isn’t as complicated as it might seem.  When people go fishing, they seem to have hundreds of lures for all kinds of fish or reasons behind which lure works better than others.  It can be quite confusing!  When it comes to lobster baiting, finding the right lure is as simple as your own personal preference or what you have available.  You may also find that you have certain causes or concerns that lead you to select one form of bait over another.

No matter what kind of bait you decide to use, make sure you secure it to the trap using small wire or twine.  This should keep other fish or small crustaceans from getting into the trap and slipping away with your bait.  It is often best to secure your bait to the bottom of the trap in the center.

A recent and very popular option for bait when trying to trap lobsters is to use artificial bait.  Using this type of bait is easy and effective.  Most artificial baits simply require the user to spray the “bait” into the trap and it should draw the creatures you are trying to attract.  Unfortunately some bait sprays have caused a bit of controversy as to how safe they are for the environment.  If this is a concern for you, research your artificial bait options thoroughly to find one that you are comfortable using in your trap.

Some people who set lobster traps use meat as their bait.  Lobsters eat meat!  You can use leftover chicken parts like the neck or you can simply use pieces of fresh fish.  One thing you really need to be careful of is to never use salmon pieces as lobster bait.  Salmon bait has been known to distribute viral infections.  In fact, some states even prohibit the use of salmon as bait.  You can always check your local laws, but regardless of what you find it is best to steer clear of salmon as bait.

If you are considering using meat for bait, a recent development might affect what you use as bait, where you trap and how successful the lobster trapping industry will be doing in the coming months.  In Portland, Maine, there is a threat that the main supply of bait, which is cut herring, will be dramatically reduced.  This not only affects lobster fishermen but the men who catch the herring to supply the lobster industry with bait.

You might think that this cut might have to do with a dwindling herring supply, but the scientists who are recommending this cut say that herring are not currently being over-fished.  The move is guessed to be one to help prevent the possibility of future over-fishing of herring.  The limits being placed are causing a great deal of confusion, anger and fear from both the herring fishermen and lobster fishermen.


In light of the possible problems within the lobster bait and fishing communities, people may be looking to trap their own lobsters for personal enjoyment more than ever.  Now that you know how interesting and even controversial lobster baiting and fishing can be, you might want to look into your trapping options a bit more.

If you do decide to go out and get your own lobsters, remember to measure and weight your catch.  There is some debate as to the largest lobster ever caught, but yours could be the next one to make it to the record books.  Lobsters and fishing have never been more exciting!