Homemade Fishing Bait for Bluegill & Rock Bass

Homemade Fishing Bait for Bluegill & Rock Bass
Bluegill and rock bass are often referred to as panfish because of their small size and ability to fit easily in a frying pan. A favorite of anglers, these small fish put up a good fight when hooked. Many anglers prefer to make their own bait at home for attracting and catching blue gill and rock bass. A variety of ingredients can be combined to produce a productive bait.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mixing bowl
  • Canned biscuit dough
  • Garlic salt
  • Anise oil
  • Plastic storage container
Step 1
Place a medium-size mixing bowl on a sturdy work surface. Open a can of biscuit dough and place all of the dough into the bowl. Kneed the individual biscuits into one ball of dough with your hands.
Step 2
Form a hole in the center of the dough and add 1 tbsp. garlic salt and several drops of anise oil to the dough. Adjust the amount of anise oil you use based on personal preference.
Step 3
Kneed the dough with your hands to thoroughly incorporate the garlic salt and anise oil. Wear plastic gloves if necessary as anise oil has a strong licorice aroma.
Step 4
Pinch small amounts of dough and roll them into small balls or separate the dough into 3 to 4 inch larger dough balls. Form small bites for quick access when fishing or use a larger ball of dough and form the bites while fishing. Bites should be formed to be no larger than a kernel of corn.
Step 5
Place the dough in a plastic storage bag or container and store in a cool location until ready for use.

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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