Stinky Homemade Catfish Bait Recipes

Is there a good homemade catfish bait you recommend?

Actually, homemade bait is the way to go. There’s no need to buy any of that store-bought stuff. Get creative and have some fun. Maybe you’ll come up with something nobody’s ever thought of before. Here are some ideas to get you started… Anything with melted cheese works really well. Melt some cheese in the microwave and mix it with either raw meat (raw pork stays on the line best and cats really go for it) or bait fish. Some anglers use cheese by itself, but mix it with something else and you’ll have a great homemade bait recipe. Another thing to mix into your homemade bait is a touch of garlic. Catfish can smell garlic miles away. You can put a dab of garlic on whatever kind of bait you are using, but it works best with some kind of live bait. Ketchup also works well. Some anglers I’ve known have created their own rice and cheese balls with ketchup smeared or mixed in. When making your own bait, the blender is your best friend. Just make sure to wash it out before the wife needs it, or better yet, wait until she’s out of the house and keep the whole thing secret. Chicken livers make great bait, and hot dogs make great bait, so why not put the two together? Throw some livers in there with some chunks of hot dog, put a little cheese or garlic for good measure, and you’ll have a stinky treat that will make those catfish drool!


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

One Response to “Stinky Homemade Catfish Bait Recipes”

  1. Dave says:

    Waiting for your recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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