How do I Make Dough Balls for Fishing Using Corn Meal?

How do I Make Dough Balls for Fishing Using Corn Meal?
You can make your own dough ball carp and catfish bait using corn meal and a few other ingredients. However, there is not one recipe that works best for every angler. Ask around and you'll find that every angler has his or her own preferred recipe and cooking tips. When starting to make your own dough ball bait, start with the basic recipe. From there you can make modifications and test different additives to find the secret ingredient that has you catching more carp and catfish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mixing bowl
  • Pot
  • Corn meal
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Flavor or scent of choice
  • Measuring cups
  • Teaspoon
Step 1
Mix equal parts flour and corn meal in a bowl--for example, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup corn meal.
Step 2
Put the same amount of water (in this case, 1/2 cup) into a pot. Add a liquid flavor or scent, such as vanilla, licorice or garlic. Start with 1 tbsp. of flavor, but you can add more if desired. Boil the water and scent mixture.
Step 3
Add the flour and corn meal to the pot once the water boils. Turn the heat down to simmer and remove from the heat once the water has been completely absorbed.
Step 4
Knead the dough with your hands until you get your desired consistency. Then roll the dough into small balls, making the balls the right size for your hook and fish size.
cornmeal dough ball
Step 5
Test variations of the recipe until you find one that works best for you. Some recipes call for mixing and rolling the flour, corn meal, flavor and water first, then sauteing the balls in water mixed with some molasses or Karo syrup for a couple of minutes. Some recipes recommend adding 1 tsp. of sugar to the flour and corn meal mixture. Marshmallow creme added to the dough helps bait float, and food color can be added to the dough to make your choice of colored bait.

Tips & Warnings recommends adding "cotton ball fibers to keep baits together" if you find your dough balls separating.

Article Written By Lynn Anders

Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.

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