How to Make Fishing Bait From Dough

How to Make Fishing Bait From DoughUse the best bait available and you may increase your chances of reeling in a fish. While many anglers choose to cast out with lures or live bait purchased from the nearest tackle shop, the wily angler can save a few dollars and indulge in creativity by making the bait. Dough bait is an example.

Before rushing off to the pantry for the flour, however, it should be noted that dough bait is generally created for one of three fish in mind: catfish, carp and trout.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Catfish Dough

Things You’ll Need:
  • Catfish dough:
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 3 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 package gelatin
  • 1 bag small marshmallows
  • Carp dough:
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup Corn Flake crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • Trout dough:
  • 1/4 lb. Velveeta cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
Step 1
Pour ingredients into a pot. Mix 2 cups cornmeal, 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 tsp. vanilla, one package gelatin of any flavor, 2 cups water and one package small marshmallows.
Step 2
Heat the pot between medium and low. Stir the ingredients until the marshmallows have melted.
Step 3
Pour 1/2 cup flour into the pot and stir until absorbed. Repeat this process a second and third time.
Step 4
Stir the mixture until the consistency changes to dough. Pour the dough into a bread tin and refrigerate until ready to use. Roll the dough into small balls before attaching to the hook.
Step 5
Add 2 tbsp. peanut butter or one can tuna to this mixture if the catfish don't respond.

Carp Dough

Step 1
Mix 2 cups cornmeal and 1 tbsp. cornstarch in a bowl.
Step 2
Pour one can creamed corn into a pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat until the corn is simmering.
Step 3
Add 2 tbsp. sugar and stir until dissolved. Gradually add the mixture of cornmeal and corn starch while continually stirring. Remove from the heat once the mixture has turned to paste and allow it to cool for five minutes.
Step 4
Pour the contents into a mixing bowl. Stir in 1 cup Corn Flake crumbs. Bait your hooks with the dough at room temperature.

Trout Dough

Step 1
Melt 1/4 lb. Velveeta cheese in a microwave.
Step 2
Pour the cheese into a mixing bowl along with 2 cups water, 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tbsp. garlic powder. Mix the ingredients until blended.
Step 3
Fill a large pot with water and heat on the stove until boiling rapidly.
Step 4
Tear off small sections of dough while waiting for the water to boil. Roll each section into a ball. Drop five balls into the boiling water. Remove the balls after two minutes and place on a paper towel to dry. Drop the remaining dough into the water in the same manner.

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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