How to Make Trout Bait

How to Make Trout BaitThere's nothing like some tasty bait to get rainbow trout to bite. You can buy plenty of good bait at a local bait shop, but why not have some fun and make your own? Making trout bait can be a relaxing prelude to your fishing trip. And you'll feel all the more accomplished if you finally land some beautiful trout.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Peanut Butter and Sardine Bait

Things You’ll Need:

Peanut Butter and Sardine Bait:

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • Can of sardines, 3.75 oz.
  • Food coloring
  • Cotton balls


Cheesy Garlic Bread Bait:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 lb. Velveeta cheese
Step 1
Use a medium saucepan and mix honey, water, food coloring and peanut butter. Bring to a slow boil. Place the heat on low once boiling is achieved. While this mixture is simmering, combine the cornmeal and flour in a mixing bowl and stir well.
Step 2
Gently pour the cornmeal and flour mixture into the saucepan, and stir well. You want the mixture to be thick, so continue to mix until it reaches a strong consistency. Remove from the heat, and add sardines and Marshmallow Fluff. Mix well, and allow the concoction to cool.
Step 3
Next, mix in a few cotton balls to help with the consistency. You don't want the bait to fall apart before the trout get to enjoy it. Using your hands, form the mixture into small balls and place them in a Tupperware container. The bait is ready for your hook.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Bait

Step 1
Use a small microwaveable bowl and melt the cheese in a microwave for 3 minutes. Combine the melted cheese and the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric or hand mixer to mix all the ingredients into a thick dough.
Step 2
Pour water into a large pot until it is three-quarters full. Over high heat, bring the water to a rapid boil. While the water is heating up, use your hands to form the dough into balls small enough for a trout to bite.
Step 3
Once the water is boiling, drop in the dough balls and boil them for 1 or 2 minutes. Scoop them out with a spoon and dry them on a paper towel.

Tips & Warnings

Line the Tupperware container with wax paper to prevent the balls from sticking.
You also can make up your own rainbow trout bait recipes. Using flour, cornmeal and water as the basic dough ingredients, experiment with other ingredients to change the flavor.
Both of the above recipes contain cheese. There's something about its smell that trout crave. Melt some cheese and incorporate it into your own recipes.
Some expert fishermen swear pieces of canned corn attract trout.
Trout also seem to like the taste of melted marshmallows.

Article Written By Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.

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