To set the turtle trap in smaller ponds, you will need two ropes and a stake. One rope should be approximately 3′ longer than your water depth (to attach a weight to and use as an anchor) and one at least 30′ long for moving the trap in and out of the water.
- Tie one end of the shorter rope to the turtle trap frame and the other to the weight (we recommend a brick or 1/2 cinder block)
- Tie one end of the longer rope to the trap.
- Put the weight and turtle trap on the bank on one side of the pond. Take the longer rope in hand and walk to the other side of the pond. Pull the rope to move the trap and weight into the pond. We recommend having the trap at least 30′ from the shoreline.
- Tie the free end of the rope to a stake at the bank.
For larger ponds and lakes you will need to use a boat. Attach an anchor to the turtle trap like in step 1 above. Take the trap and weight out into the pond at least 30′ from the shoreline. Drop the weight and trap into the pond.