Some people think it is necessary to spend a small fortune on bait every time they go trout fishing. However, this is simply not true. Sometimes, making homemade bait can be effective and cost a fraction of the price.
When going after trout, some people spend $5-$10 or more on different types of dough bait. At times, dough bait can be effective, but making your own cheap bait can work just as well — if not better — than the commercial stuff like PowerBait.
The first steps
Local farm and feed stores usually sell huge bags of catfish feed. These bags usually run anywhere between $20-$30 for 50 pounds.
The next time you’re going trout fishing and want to use dough bait, go ahead and scoop a coffee cup full of the catfish pellets. Then pour in water up to the very top of the cup. Let your pellets soak up the water throughout the night.
The trout will love the catfish feed! Many trout parks actually use fish feed that looks and smells very similar to your typical catfish feed.
Mixing and adding binders
First thing in the morning, grab a spoon and mix together your catfish feed. It should turn into a sticky dough ball or sorts. Then, mix equal amounts of corn starch and flour in with the concoction to help the bait bind together and not be as sticky. Usually four tablespoons total of the flour and corn starch should work.
This is a trick many people don’t think of. Many people just use flour. However, in my experience, corn starch mixed with flour works much better than plain flour. The corn starch helps the dough ball stay the perfect consistency throughout the entire day.
The catfish feed in itself may have more than enough flavor for the trout you’re wanting to catch. If you really want to go the extra mile, though, simply add in some garlic powder. Don’t go too crazy with this, though! A teaspoon can go a long way! Trout will be intrigued by a little powder, but too much will make them turn away in disgust.
Or if you don’t have garlic powder and have to stop by the grocery store, another ingredient that is effective is called “garlic bread topping,” and is available in the spice sections of most grocery stores. Since this usually has a slightly cheesy smell to it, trout oftentimes like this spice even more.
Trout like sparkly bait that stands out to them. So for your dough bait, go ahead and add in a little glitter. Again, a teaspoon will go a long way. When the glitter glimmers in the water, it may be enough to make the trout go wild!
This simple dough bait should hold its own against even the most expensive baits offered by Bass Pro Shop. Have fun with it!