Survival Fishing Using Primitive Methods
Whether you’re a “minimalist” who likes to live by what nature provides and pack lightly, or you’re planning for the “zombie apocalypse”, or maybe find yourself in an unforeseen survival situation in the wilderness, here are some survival fishing methods using primitive tools.
One of the easiest methods is to make what are called fish traps. The great thing about these is you can use sticks or rocks found near your water source. The basic idea is to funnel the fish naturally into a holding pen where you can recover them by hand. It might be a good idea to put several of these in different locations. Here are examples with one using rocks and the other using sticks.
Depending on how successful these methods are for you, or you want to increase your chances of catching some fish, you might want to make a fish basket. Here again, the great thing about these is you can use materials provided by mother nature, such as sticks and home made cordage.
The idea here is to make a funnel type basket into which you place a smaller, shorter funnel type basket. That way the fish swim in but can’t swim out again. Here’s a link to a forum discussion on how to make different versions of this type of trap. Here’s an image from the site.
Notice the funnel at the entrance with sticks pointing inward but still with a gap for the fish to swim in.
You could even use these baskets in combination with the fish traps.
Another method using what nature provides is to make a fish spear. You could just sharpen the end of a wooden spear but you can increase your chances of catching a fish if you make a four pronged type spear. Here’s a link to my recent article on making a survival spear for beginners. The great thing about this spear is that you can use it for small game as well. Here’s a picture.
If you can find some animal or thick fish bones, you can shape these into hooks to catch fish with. Here’s a video by Sigma3 Survival School on how to do this using an animal jaw bone.
Don’t wait till you’re in a survival situation, all of these make great projects to try next time you’re out in the wilderness. They also make great projects for your kids. You could make it a competition on your next camping trip with your family!
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