How to Make Trout Mush Bait

How to Make Trout Mush BaitIn many fishing families, trout bait recipes are an ancestral affair. Recipes for dough or mush bait are passed down from father to son through the generations. The theory is, if it has flour and something strongly flavored in it, the trout will bite it. Figuring out the perfect trout bait recipe is a matter of trial and error.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Flour
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Water
  • Garlic
  • Bacon grease
  • Pot
  • Paper towel
Step 1
Get flour or prepare breadcrumbs. Some trout mush bait fishermen use crumbled bread rolls, others prefer crumbled toast. Wheat flour will also work, and it can be combined with corn flour.
Step 2
Mix 8 parts bread or flour with 1 part cream cheese or processed orange cheese. Knead the mixture together, and add water until it reaches a doughy consistency.
Step 3
Add several drops of garlic oil or a tablespoon of garlic powder to the mixture for flavoring. You can also add bacon grease in this step.
Step 4
Divide the bait into small balls suitable for whatever size hook you prepare. Trout fishermen use a number of different hooks, but No. 10 is typical.
Step 5
Cook the bait to hold it together. One method is dropping the balls in boiling water for one to two minutes and then fishing them out and drying them on a paper towel. If you prefer, you can bake them lightly. If you would rather have your bait balls crumble slowly in water as a way to attract trout, skip this step.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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