How to Make Your Own Power Bait for Trout Fishing

How to Make Your Own Power Bait for Trout FishingTrout fishing is a serious endeavor for many anglers, who devote long hours to preparation and fishing. A variety of lures and baits are used by anglers when fishing for trout, including night crawlers, corn, crickets, in-line spinners, flies and prepared dough baits. Many anglers like dough baits; one particularly effective product named Power Bait that is marketed by Berkley features strong scent attractors. Making your own power bait at home is a simple process.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mixing bowl
  • Processed cheese, 1/4 pound
  • Water
  • All-purpose flour, 1 cup
  • Yellow cornmeal, 1 cup
  • Garlic powder, 1 tbsp.
  • Anise oil
  • Cooking pot
  • Stove top
  • Paper towel
  • Spoon
  • Plastic storage bags
Step 1
Place 1/4 pound of processed cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Cut the cheese into cubes if desired. Heat the bowl in a microwave oven and heat until softened but not melted. Remove the bowl and set it on a work surface.
Step 2
Add 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of yellow cornmeal, 1 tbsp. garlic powder (not garlic salt) and several drops of anise oil to the softened cheese. Add the anise oil as desired, keeping in mind that it is a strong aromatic with a licorice aroma and a little goes a long way. Combine the ingredients thoroughly with a spoon.
Step 3
Fill a cooking pot half full of water and place it on a stove over medium heat. Allow the water to come to a low boil. Pinch off small pieces of the trout power bait dough and roll it in the palm of your hand to form a small ball. Repeat the process, making as many small power bait dough balls as you need for a fishing trip.
Step 4
Place the formed power bait dough balls in the boiling water. Stir the dough balls periodically with a spoon and allow them to boil for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
Step 5
Position several layers of paper towel nearby. Remove the power bait from the boiling water and place it on the paper towel to drain thoroughly. Place the power bait in plastic storage bags for easy transport to the trout fishing site. Double-bag the remaining dough that has not been boiled in sealed plastic bags and refrigerate until ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

Form the dough into small balls, shaped pellets or grub shapes depending on personal preference.

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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