How to Use Bacon As Fish Bait

How to Use Bacon As Fish BaitBacon fat is full of oils that attract several varieties of fish. From bluegill and crappie to catfish, fish love the scent and taste of bacon. Whether you are bottom fishing or fishing close to the bank, bacon is an effective alternative to traditional lures. The process is easy, but you must effectively hook the bacon to your line so it will not slide off or is eaten by the fish while in the water. Taking the time to properly secure the bacon will also allow you to use the same piece of bacon repeatedly.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bacon
  • Fishing rod
  • Fishing line
  • Hook
  • Bobber
  • Sinker
Step 1
Fold a 1/2-inch square piece of uncooked bacon. Use 100 percent real bacon, not a turkey bacon substitute or vegetarian variety. Cut the bacon so the piece you select contains a small chunk of fat and a small sliver of lean meat on the edge. According to "Game and Fish" magazine, "Hickory smoked bacon works best."
Step 2
Slide the bacon just below the barb on your fishing hook. Pierce the bacon in the middle, fold it over twice, and then pierce it so it is fastened securely to the hook's edge.
Step 3
Slide a bobber or sinker two feet up the line. Use a bobber when fishing for bluegill, crappie and other freshwater panfish. Don't use the bobber but add a 1/2--ounce sinker when fishing the bottom for catfish.

Tips & Warnings

Store unused bacon in a cooler.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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