Panfish Bait Recipe for Fishing

Panfish Bait Recipe for FishingPanfish fall under a variety of names, including bluegill, crappie, sunfish or bream. These fish might be small in size, but they usually put up a good fight and are bait stealers. Continuously having to purchase bait can drain the pocketbook.

Making your own bait is relatively basic and you usually will have enough that you can freeze some to use for a later fishing trip. There are many homemade bait recipes, with no certain one being wrong or right. Anglers should adjust their recipe by adding various ingredients to lure panfish in a particular region's waters.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Worms
  • Minnows
  • Blender
  • Food processor
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Plate
  • Gloves
  • Wax paper
  • Microwave
  • Plastic bags
Step 1
Place approximately 1 cup of worms or minnows into a blender or food processor and blend until minced. Pour the minced mixture into a large mixing bowl, juice and all. You may choose to work inside the garage if this is too smelly for your kitchen.
Step 2
Add one cup of self-rising, all-purpose, white flour to the worm mixture in the mixing bowl. You can substitute wheat or regular flour if you do not have self-rising white on hand.
Step 3
Add approximately 1/4 cup water to the flour and worms and mix the ingredients together. The flour and worm mixture should be firm and pliable when properly mixed. Add more water if necessary or add more flour if your mixture gets too watery.
Step 4
Pour a small amount of flour onto a plate. Roll the dough/worm mixture into a firm ball with your hands. Roll the ball into the flour, covering all sides. Use gloves if you do not want to touch the mixture with your hands.
Step 5
Pull off two strips of wax paper that are approximately 12 inches in length and place on top of each other. Pat the dough into a pancake-like patty that is approximately 1/2 inch in thickness onto the wax paper.
Step 6
Place the wax paper holding the dough into the microwave and microwave the dough for about 30 to 45 seconds on medium-high heat. The dough will not be sticky or stick to your fingers when it is ready. If the dough continues to be sticky when tested, microwave the dough in 10-second intervals until ready.
Step 7
Remove the dough from the microwave and allow it to cool before shaping into dough balls.
Step 8
Roll the dough into1/2-inch to 1-inch balls with your hands. Store the bait balls in a plastic bag (or bags). If you intend to use the bait within a week, put the bag in the refrigerator. If you are not planning fish within a week, store the bag in the freezer.

Tips & Warnings

Bait balls are heavy and usually sink to the bottom of the water with no problem, using only a small-weighted piece of split shot on your fishing line.
You can sometimes catch two or three panfish with the same bait ball.
Get creative with the recipe. Add garlic, sardines, minced hotdogs or anything else to the mixture that panfish in your area prefer.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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