What Kind of Fish Can You Catch with Mealworms?

Mealworms can be used to catch all sorts of fish such as bass, crappie or even perch – the general rule of thumb is that they can be used for most fish that you would use other types of worm or larvae to fish for.

But what type of fish are mealworms best to use with, and how exactly should you use mealworms for fishing?

In this article we will explore what fish are the best to fish for with mealworms, and how you should go about using mealworms when fishing for the best results.

What Type of Fish are Best to Catch with Mealworms?

Mealworms are great because they look completely natural and are brightly coloured, which makes them perfect bait for loads of different types of fish.

Its always worth bringing a couple of mealworms along as backup bait for just about any fishing trip, especially because you can use them dead or alive. The best type of fish to use mealworms for is considered to be trout.

Trout love mealworms especially so you should definitely give them a try on your next adventure.

What Makes Mealworms such Good Bait?

Mealworms are buoyant which makes it really easy to keep them where you want them to be – right in the middle of your feeding spot.

On top of this they are quite brightly coloured, especially when you compare them to your standard nightcrawler, which means they stand out more if the water conditions are murky or cloudy. Although mealworms are pretty expensive, they can be kept in the fridge for long periods of time with very little maintenance required.

Tips for Using Mealworms as Bait

The best advise for using mealworms are bait is to use them as live bait. 

Using mealworms when they’re alive has many advantages. Not only will they look much more natural, but they will move around more which will be much more attractive to nearby fish.

They can still be used when dead, however, which can be good for pre-baiting a particular spot. You can add chopped up mealworms to your pre-baiting mix if you’ve got a few to spare.

How to Hook a Mealworm

Mealworms have a hard shell, but this doesn’t mean they stay on the hook as easy as you would expect.

When casting, mealworms have a tendency to come off the hook easily if you don’t know what you’re doing. This means that when you hook the mealworm, you need to put the hook through the head of the mealworm, sliding the hook into the body and then letting it pierce through around half way.

If you make sure the body of the mealworm is parallel with the straight of the hook then you’ve done this correctly and your mealworm should stay on your hook all day.

Mealworm and Marshmallows?

Marshmallows make a great combination with mealworms if you’re fishing for catfish. This is because both marshmallows and mealworms are highly visible and attractive in the water,  and both are cheap to buy and easy to use. You will have definitely come across this at your local lake!

The main problem is keeping your marshmallows on the hook. Be careful not to load too much weight, and always reel in your line carefully to make sure they stay on the hook.

Are Mealworms the same as Waxworms?

Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor.

Waxworms on the other hand are the caterpillar larvae of the wax moth, Achroia grisella.

Although they both look very similar, there are some key differences between the two to help you tell them apart. Waxworms are smaller in size than mealworms and are much softer, they also have a gentle white color.

Waxworms are considered to the best larvae type bait for ice fishing, but can be used just the same as mealworms for a wide variety of fish.

Where Can you Buy Mealworms?

Mealworms can be ordered directly from many online retailers which is where you will find the best value. Many bird shops will also stock mealworms as standard so you can also go there if you prefer.

You can consider breeding your mealworms at home if you want to save money and have an almost never ending supply of natural bait.

Final Thoughts

Generally speaking mealworms can be used for just about any type of fish you want, as they are just the same as maggots or waxworms in terms of being a larvae bait.

Usually mealworms are best for trout fishing, but due to how easy they are to keep at home it’s worth it to take some along for just about every fishing trip.