How to Bait a Good Fishing Hole

How to Bait a Good Fishing HoleThe practice of baiting fishing holes probably goes back as far as the use of willow poles, line, hooks and worms. Baiting a hole, when legal, is typically done some time before the actual fishing will be done. A variety of attractant bait can be used that is often readily available from a local grocery store. Baiting a hole is typically done to draw in small as well as larger baitfish that in turn attract even larger fish.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Canned cat food
  • Ice pick or hammer and nail
  • Rope or cord
  • Suet cakes
Step 1
Plan to bait a good fishing hole at least a day before you are planning to fish. Scout the hole before placing the bait to determine what fish may already be holding in the hole. The type of fish can make a difference as to what bait you use.
Step 2
Purchase a small to medium-sized can of cat food packed in oil. Cat food packed in oil is a good bait for drawing in catfish. Tie a cord or small diameter rope securely around the can. Use an ice pick or hammer and nail to make several holes on the top, bottom and sides of the can.
Step 3
Suspend the can of cat food in the water just below the surface. Tie the rope connected to the can to a limb hanging over the water or to a rock, root or limb on the bank. Make sure the can remains just below the water's surface after tying the end of the rope or cord securely.
Step 4
Bait a fishing hole for bass and smaller fish such as crappie, bream, or bluegill with suet cakes. Purchase cakes from pet or animal supply stores. Attempt to get cakes high in soy protein content that are packaged in netting or mesh.
Step 5
Tie a rope or cord to the netting or mesh holding the suet cake. Suspend the suet cake in the water the same way as the can of cat food. The suet cake will attract minnows and other small fish that will in turn draw panfish such as bream and bluegill. Bass may be attracted to the suet cake as well as the smaller fish.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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