How to Make a Fishing Lure With a Plastic Spoon




This ible is on how to make a working fishing lure with nothing but a plastic spoon and a couple of other things.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

 a drill and small bit,
1 plastic spoon,
2 slip loops,
1 hook,
1 swivel,
1 paint brush,
and a saw.

Step 2: Cutting the Spoon

 Cut off the neck of the plastic spoon leaving about a centameter from the spoon mouth piece. 

Step 3: Painting

 Try to imatate other lures when you paint. If the spoon is silver keep as much silver showing as posible this will reflect the light wich can lure fish in better.If you use a white plastic spoon you can try for more of the flashy colures like orang, yellow, and pink.

Step 4: Adding the Hook and Line Attachments

  Drill out the very front and very back of the lure add a slip loop to both sides ( Note that the neck end is the front and the spoon scoop is the front) put a swivel on the front and a hook on the back. Copy the pics.( the pics show beter detail)

Step 5: Finished



    • Classroom Science Contest

      Classroom Science Contest
    • Colors of the Rainbow Contest

      Colors of the Rainbow Contest
    • Woodworking Contest

      Woodworking Contest

    23 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Ive been experimenting with these and found that running a line thru the drilled holes and putting a split ring for the treble hook and a swivel on the other end allows it to spin freely and puts tension on the line not the spoon when reeling in :)

    how to make a small spoon for fishing with their hands


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think your ible is very useful. Most of us know plastic spoons come in all weights and types of plastic. There are some that are even extremely flexible before they hit their breaking point. I like to fish and since I never get closer to any fish bigger than a pound this would be great for me. Plus I get to craft.
    Thanks for the idea, I will be trying it out.

    you know what cobalt potato head is mad he couldnt think of something him self. i never heared of rambow but if i do i will know it means rainbow trout the problem is self explanatory he didnt get that name for nothing


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Being a plastic spoon, I seriously doubt the plastic has enough strength to hold a fish. Given the size of your spoon that would be the case due to the size of the fish attracted to the spoon. If you used a stainless steel spoon instead, that would not only increase the strength but it would also add a silvery flash and enough weight to get it to sink and stay sunk while retrieving. Great idea though!

    10 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    actualy i landed a 3 pound rambow with another plastic spoon lure i made but if going after the larger fish i would go with a steel spoon. The plastic spoon gives a spining action that is good for the surface to reflect light. but if you put a 1oz on it it would be good for char fishing in fresh water lakes because of the vibrations of a woundes fish.

    SO oh great and god like arbiter of reality ....If you have not heard of 'it' ,it must not exist LOL This form of rambling off topic bs was spoken of in the Bible when our Lord and Saviour chided the fools for straining at gnats while swallowing camels.cobalt420 made a fine fishing lure and a well crafted 'instructable'.Reserve your comment on that fact.

    thats what it is a raimbow trout, like a salmon. if you've ever fished in a freshwater lake you would know that when i say "rambow' i refer to it as a rambow trout.

    This was entertaining for awhile, but I've had enough.  The word is "rainbow"!  Like the band of colors you see in the sky during a storm.  The animal is a "rainbow trout".  It comes from someone likening this colorful fish to a colorful rainbow up in the sky.

    It's not "rambow" or "raimbow" or any of the other ways you've misspelled it in these posts.

    If we were fishing a freshwater lake and you said "rainbow" I'd know you meant "rainbow trout".  But when you say "rambow" all I know is that one of us is really confused.

    C'mon and spell it with me a couple of times - R A I N B O W, R A I N B O W, R A I N B O W.  See, it's not really so difficult, is it?


    7 years ago on Step 2

    It would seem to me that the plastic spoon would lose integrity when the holes are drilled into the neck of the spoon and the tip. However, I have never attempted such a procedure and cannot be sure however, it will be my first task tomorrow.
    paul sgt


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a very old "woodcrafters" trick, intended mainly as something fun to do while out camping or as a survival tactic in worse case scenarios. The idea originated using the bowl from a metal spoon - thus the name of the popular lure itself, *spoon*.
    It is certain that once plastic utensils came into use, somewhere around the late 40's, tsomebody tried this.
    My only concern is that it wouldn't be strong enough. The sort of fish that would strike a lure this size would hit hard and apply a lot of force to the lure. I'd worry the plastic would give before the fish did.
    Were I to tinker with making spoon lures, I would go to the thrift store and get a handful of stainless spoons and use those.
    I do like the idea of using the handle part though for making jig and rip baits, however. If the spoon was white or red, this could be adapted to mackerel tree rigs and perhaps bait fish sabiki rigs.