Cold Weather Carp Fishing Bait Recipe

Cold Weather Carp Fishing Bait RecipeCarp are cold-blooded. During the cold winter months, a carp's body temperature will drop along with the water and air temperatures. Carp eat less food during this time, due to their drop in metabolism and activity level. To increase your chances of success, you will need an especially enticing bait. Making your own "boilies" or baits will help you reel one in at this time of year. Follow this easy recipe to make your own.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need:
  • 6 oz. bird food in liquid form
  • 6 oz. semolina wheat
  • 4 oz. white flour
  • 5 medium-size eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Medium-size mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer or wooden spoon
  • zip-lock plastic baggies
  • Spoons
  • Boiling pot with water
  • Deep fryer strainer that fits into the boiling pot
  • Paper towels
  • 1 tbsp. salmon pellets optional
Step 1
Combine the white flour and semolina into a medium-size mixing bowl and stir to combine. If using the salmon pellets, also stir these into the mix.
Step 2
Crack the eggs into the other medium-size bowl and stir. Add the oil and liquid bird food. Beat and mix well. Use a fork instead of a whisk to mix the eggs, as less air gets into the mix and allows for better mixing.
Step 3
Slowly add the combined dry ingredients into the egg mix while stirring continuously to create a thick slurry. Roll about 1 teaspoon of mixture into balls using your hands and set aside. They should be approximately 1/4" - 1/2" in size. 
Step 4
Bring a pot of water to boil. Place the balls into a strainer and gently lower into the boiling water. Boil for two minutes, then remove the balls from the boiling water and lay them out on tray lined with paper towels to cool for 30 minutes.
Step 5
Place the cooled boilies into Ziploc bags and seal. Freeze the bags of boilies until you are ready to head out on a cold water fishing trip for carp.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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