Homemade Dough Balls for Fish Bait

Homemade Dough Balls for Fish BaitDough ball fish bait is simple to make and can attract a variety of fish, including trout and catfish, depending on the ingredients. According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, channel catfish especially enjoy bait that contains cheese, an ingredient that can easily be added to dough balls. Experiment with dough ball ingredients to perfect a recipe that will attract fish in your area.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 1/4 lb. processed cheese
  • Knife
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Garlic press
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • Cooking pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic storage bag
Step 1
Cut a 1/4 lb. of processed cheese into 1-inch cubes with a knife.
Step 2
Place the cheese cubes into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on high power for one-minute intervals until the cheese has melted.
Step 3
Crush two cloves of garlic in a garlic press.
Step 4
Add the crushed garlic, 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of light corn syrup and 1 cup of cornmeal to the melted cheese.
Step 5
Pour 1 cup of water into the cheese mixture. Stir to combine all of the ingredients, and slowly add another cup of water until the mixture has the consistency of bread dough.
Step 6
Divide the dough into balls approximately 1 inch in diameter.
Step 7
Bring a large pot of water to a boil on your stove. Drop five or six dough balls into the boiling water and cook them for two minutes. The dough balls will float to the surface when they are fully cooked.
Step 8
Remove the dough balls from the boiling water with a slotted spoon, and place them on paper towels to dry.
Step 9
Cook the dough balls in the boiling water in small batches.
Step 10
Store the dough balls in a large plastic storage bag in the refrigerator. The dough balls should stay fresh up to two weeks.

Tips & Warnings

Freeze any leftover dough balls for future fishing trips.
Thaw frozen dough balls in the refrigerator for 24 hours before attempting to use them.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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