Green Hell: How to Build and Use Stick Fish Traps

What are Stick Fish Traps, and what are they used for?

In Green Hell, fish are a great source of protein and energy. Unfortunately, fishing is difficult, time-consuming, and even dangerous if you aren’t careful. Stick Fish Traps can catch fish for you passively, using a half-submerged cage of sticks to ensnare aquatic prey.

This guide will walk you through building and utilizing Stick Fish Traps in Green Hell and offer advice on the best places to set them.

How to build Stick Fish Traps in Green Hell

Fish Stick Traps in the Notebook
Stick Fish Traps Recipes in the Notebook

There are two variants of Stick Fish Traps, large and small. Before you can create either of them, you’ll need to locate the prototype near the dock at the Fishing Camp. Once you’ve added the blueprint to your notebook, you can construct your own.

Stick Fish Trap:

  • 27 Sticks

Large Stick Fish Trap:

  • 50 Sticks

How to use Stick Fish Traps in Green Hell

When deciding which variant of this trap to use, it’s important to consider the kinds of fish you are trying to catch. Depending on the type of fish you want, one variant or the other may be more useful to you. Here are a few things to consider when deciding how and where to set your traps:

Placing Indicator for the Stick Fish Trap in Green Hell
Placing a Stick Fish Trap in an Ideal Location

1. Shallow Water

Stick Fish Traps must be half-submerged to function and cannot be built outside water. However, the water need not be very deep for the trap to work. In fact, it’s beneficial for players to construct their traps where they can reach them without stepping into the water. This helps prevent unpleasant interactions with leeches, piranhas, and stingrays.

2. Schools of Fish

Searching for existing schools of fish can increase the frequency at which your trap captures prey. While existing fish cannot actually swim into the trap, placing a trap near a school of any fish increases the spawn rate for that trap.

3. Out of Sight

Since the Stick Fish Trap cannot catch fish already in the water, it only functions by spawning fish inside the cage. As with other traps, prey animals will not spawn in a trap the player is too close to or can see, so placing traps out of sight will keep you from scaring off the fish.

What Stick Fish Traps can catch in Green Hell

Looking at a Peacock Bass Inside a Stick Fish Trap in Green Hell
Peacock Bass Caught in the Stick Fish Trap
Discus FishProtein SourceCommon
AngelfishProtein SourceUncommon
PiranhaProtein Source, Fish BonesCommon
Peacock BassProtein Source, Fish BonesUncommon
ArowanaProtein Source, Fish Bones, Arowana ScalesRare (Large Variant Only)

Pros and cons of Stick Fish Traps

Campfire Cooking Various Fish Meat
Cooking Arowana Meat on a Campfire


  • These traps require a lot of materials
  • They will likely take time to construct
  • These traps can only be placed in the water
  • Some animals this trap can catch have very little nutritional value


  • Fish are an excellent source of protein
  • Large fish can be harvested for Fish Bones
  • These traps are relatively reliable once set
  • Stick Fish Traps can hold their prey indefinitely without it spoiling

Tips and tricks for using Stick Fish Traps

A Tree Stump with Collectible Larva in Green Hell
Collecting Larva from a Tree Stump
  • Harvesting lots of fish can rapidly increase your animal harvesting skill, making a trap line useful for grinding skill levels
  • Harvested Fish Bones can be used to remove Worms or for crafting
  • Both traps can capture all fish types EXCEPT for the Arrowana, which can only be captured in the large variant
  • The large fish trap can capture two fish at once, while the standard can only catch one
  • These traps can be baited with larvae or maggots to increase their capture speed greatly

Final thoughts on Stick Fish Traps

Instead of spending hours trying to get a fish to bite, why not set some traps and let the fish come to you? Creepy Jar designed these traps as a method for players to gather proteins passively so they can spend their time and energy maintaining other macros, building, and exploring. Taking advantage of traps like this is good practice for the active survivor.

Looking for some more hints to help you stay alive in the jungle? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started.

Aaron Van Dyck's avatar

About Aaron Van Dyck

Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

View all posts by Aaron Van Dyck →