Bagworms and the Damage They Can Cause: Know a fisher-person? Free Bait--You Pick!

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Bagworms and the Damage They Can Cause

By SongofJoy
July 6, 2014

In the South as in other places, bagworms can be a serious problem. Every year they defoliate and destroy many valuable evergreens and other landscape plants.

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Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Jul 5, 2014 7:35 PM CST
Bagworms aren't a "great bait" but they're a good bait for panfish, bass, and catfish.

A good fisherperson never limits their options. Almost any edible fish can consume a small "case". Larger fish can take a hook loaded with several. Catalpa worms are famous with bass and catfishers and it's a regional/seasonal thing. We've had good luck with channel catfish on bagworms from Junipers, case and all, single or several to a hook in ponds and small impoundments.

Cutting the case is not easy without a good, sharp pair of pruners/snips but we've done it for years to catch baitfish for flathead cats. Bass seem to ignore the cased worms. Felco!

I rarely eat catches due to water quality and health concerns. I rarely spend money for bait when Mother Nature provides so readily. Smiling

Edit: I do appreciate the well-written, informative write up and I myself am very well aware of bagworm infestations and the potential for complete devastation. I've grown many a mighty juniper just for fun and bagworms can destroy years of joy in a season. I've never had to deal with them in uprights which would truly be a nightmare. Simply adding an alternative use for those that can be plucked.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Jul 6, 2014 3:47 AM CST
Interesting, Wes. We don't fish anymore but I'll keep that in mind ... or put up a sign. "U Pick Bagworm Bait - help yourself". Thumbs up
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