Introduction: DIY Cedar Fishing Lure

This lure can be made in under an hour (not counting the painting process) and for about the price of a piece of cedar kindling. Warning: knives and drill presses should not be taken lightly. They can be dangerous.

Step 1: Cedar

Get your kindling.

Step 2: Draw

Draw the outline of what you want to make. Here I am making a cigar shaped top water lure.

Step 3: Carve

Begin your carving. Be careful, knives are sharp.

Step 4: Saw

Once you get it fairly round, saw your carving off of the kindling.

Step 5: Drill

Put a dot in the middle of each end. Because small drill bits aren't very long (I used a 1/16 drill bit) you will probably have to go from each side. After drilling, stick your wire through to make sure the holes connect.

Step 6: Carve, Then Sand

Shape your lure and then sand it down.

Step 7: Wire Time

Twist the wire as shown.

Step 8: Repeat

Repeat the last step on the rear of the lure and put a split ring on it. Then put a hook on the split ring. Now all that is left to do is paint it, put I'll leave that up to you.


omega65 made it! (author)2014-08-27

Nice work I've been making and using my own lures for years. Your methods are very good. There are lure making part sources on line where you can get the wires and hooks. I like a double hook. Good luck!

safernandes made it! (author)2014-08-25

Nice one!

Just need some help, tell me what wire do you use? and what gauge?


tetra28 made it! (author)tetra282014-08-26

i'm not sure what gauge of wire i used because it was just a scrap, but try to find something that doesn't bend very well without pliers.

safernandes made it! (author)safernandes2014-08-27

Thanks.. :-)
Got a length of 1.5 mm 306 Stainless Steel from the market and am gonna try to use the small file handles for the body of the lure.. will post when done..

JM1999 made it! (author)2014-08-24

Is that a Buck 110? I love the Buck brand, they hold their sharpness for a long time!

tetra28 made it! (author)tetra282014-08-26

Yes i love my buck knife too. I would recommend them to anyone.

Flash67 made it! (author)2014-08-26

Can you only make top water lures with these or can you also make normal lures like this?

tetra28 made it! (author)tetra282014-08-26

They don't have to be made of cedar, but i find that cedar carves well, has nice lifelike movement, and is plentiful. To your other question, you can make any lure you want! Even this lure pictured can go down by just adding a split shot. The purple and black one with the homemade copper lip on it goes down to about 10 feet and stays there.

Flash67 made it! (author)2014-08-26

And can they only be made out of cedar?

boetting made it! (author)2014-08-24

They look like top-water stick baits, mostly, 'cept for the one with the spoon and the segmented one. What kind of luck do you have with them? I'm not good at top-water but the idea of making a stick bait and catching a bass on it is intriguing.

lilchumy made it! (author)2014-08-23

Nice lures, I would recommend treble hook, I know they are not as easily found but it could make a difference of catching something.

johnstat000 made it! (author)2014-08-23

Hope you catch something big!

MsSweetSatisfaction made it! (author)2014-08-23

The lures turned out really nice looking. Also what a great use for scrap wood. Thanks for sharing!

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