Catfish will bite on a lot of things, the key is knowing where to find them, and casting right on top of them. Many of the store bought baits will work very well, but I like the homemade dough baits so that I can play with the recipe a bit to get exactly what I want with the right consistency to stay on the hook, and the right amount and type of scents. I usually have some store bought catfish dough baits on hand, so when I bring my own baits, I will always have one line out with a store bought dough bait, and a home made dough bait out at the same time, and once I get two bites on one of the lines on two separate casts, I will switch both lines to the one that is working that day.
Catfish Dough Bait Recipe Ingredients
1 cup of flour 1 cup of cornmeal ½ Cup of Water 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
Catfish Bait Scents and Flavors
Add any 1 of the following bait scents or flavors:Dice and mush them up real good1 tin of sardines 1 tub of chicken liver 1 cup of ground up fish or meat 1 can of tuna 1 cup of cheese 1 can of cream corn 1 cup of diced minced hot dogs
Additional Catfish Bait Scent
Any 1 of the following can also be added Anise extract or Anise Fish Attractant ¼ cup of Garlic Salt, Granulated or Chopped Garlic Garlic Fish Attractant Blood Fish Attractant
Additional Catfish Attractant
1 teaspoon of glitter 16 drops of food coloring
Catfish Dough Baits Recipe Instructions
Mix Dry Ingredients together in first bowl Mix wet ingredients together in second bowl Combine the bowls into one bowl and stir well until well mixed Put 2 tablespoons of flour on hard surface covered in wax paper Put the mixed ingredients onto the flour and mix well together by kneading it like dough Place into ziplock bag or tub until ready for use
How to Make Catfish Dough Bait Stay on the Hook
Whether you use a store bought catfish dough bait, or you make your own dough bait recipe, you may find the bait can be hard to keep on the hook. I like to use a dough bait treble hook that has a spring around the center of the treble hook that will hold the bait on better. You can also add thread or string to stretch around your bait to make it stay on the hook. Lastly, you can put your bait in a mesh medical tubular bandage, which will hold the bait solidly on the hook very long so that you won’t miss that catfish bite when the fish come by to check out your bait.
Keeping the Catfish Dough Bait Fresh
It’s important to keep the dough bait from drying out and remaining soft and fresh so that the catfish will not spit it out when they try to eat it. To do so, always keep the dough bait out of direct sun light for long periods of time, and keep it in a ziplock bag or tupperware type container with an air tight seal. This will also keep more of the stinky scent in the bag or container instead of in the air where you have to constantly smell it. Remember, the stinkier the bait the better, but that doesn’t mean you have to make yourself sick in the process, or the guy fishing next to you, Lol.
Magic Catfish Dough Bait Kit
Magic Bait Catfish dough bait kit has everything you need to go catfishing. It comes with a stringer, swivels, sinkers, bobbers, dough bait hooks in various types, and catifsh dough bait. The perfect kit to get you started in catfishing. This dough bait has a lot of scent, so I recommend bring some large gallon sized ziplock bags to put the bait in once it’s opened so it won’t stink you out. It has the perfect amount of stink scent that the catfish love, and works great!
Berkley Powerbait Catfish Dough Bait Chunks
Berkley powerbait catfish dough bait chunks are perfect dough baits for fishing for catfish. They are scented with a lot of mixed in scent, and they are firmed up to stay on the hook better. It comes in many different flavors that catfish love. Some of the flavors that they come in are fish scent, blood scent, liver scent, and liver and blood scent. All the flavors and scents that catfish love.
Catfish Dough Bait Hooks
Catfish dough bait hooks are great for holding the dough type baits onto your hook, and the spring in the center also adds weight to the hook which helps to keeps the baits on the bottom instead of floating up and away from a hungry catfish. Also works great for trout dough bait, when you are fishing with a bobber, it will force the trout bait to sink below the surface where the fish are biting.About The Author Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along the way that they find may be valuable to our website visitors is on the site for you to enjoy. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive free products from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase. The Best Catfish Fishing Experience Awaits, using your own homemade catfish bait recipe!