How To Make Catfish Bait: My Grandfather’s Recipe

By SS Contributor | Last Updated: December 10, 2021

Catfish BaitI want to share with you what I consider the best homemade catfish bait recipe.

My father taught me this recipe, and I’ve been using it ever since to catch some of the best catfish in my area.

Firstly though, I want to tell everyone that the two recipes I’m going to fill you in on are stink bait recipes.

Catfish stink bait recipes are ideal because everyone’s favorite fish seems to be so attracted to them.

Making catfish bait typically involves the mixing of several unrelated products (at least the ones shown in this article are) so, yes, it is going to smell awful.

If you’re horrified at the idea of creating catfish stink bait recipes then I suggest looking for other types of catfish bait recipes such as channel catfish bait recipes or catfish dough bait recipes.

So, let’s get to it. Here are the things you’ll need to make your own catfish bait:

  • 1 1/2 c. Livers (Chicken, Deer, Cow, whatever you have)
  • 1/4 c. Flour
  • 2-3 T. Garlic Salt
  • 1 Sardine & 2 T. Sardine Oil (from the can)
  • 2 tsp Strawberry Jello
  • 1 egg

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You should blend the liver until it becomes a liquid, then empty it into a clean PLASTIC peanut butter jar and add the remaining ingredients. Stir well until thick. Cover.

Do NOT open indoors.

You should allow the bait to sit for at least forty-eight hours. Remember, the rawer, the better.

I love the above recipe for its simplicity, and it definitely does its job of catching plenty of catfish.

However, if you prefer catfish cheese bait as your personal preference for stink bait, then I would suggest this next one:

Things you’ll need:

  • Mason jar (any old empty jar will do)
  • 1lb of cheese spread. (The type doesn’t matter, but the cheaper the better, right?)
  • 8 oz. of beef blood
  • 1 container of minced garlic
  • Sawdust
  • Sponge
  • Popsicle stick
  • An out of the way place allow it to ripen

Allow the cheese to warm up for a few minutes in the sun.

Mix the cheese, blood, and garlic into the jar and stir until it’s evenly dispersed and there are no big chunks.  Take the paste that you have just made and add some of the sawdust to thicken it.

Add a small amount at a time. It’s important to avoid big clumps. You want to add enough sawdust to make it tacky, like the look of good oatmeal.

-Once you have the right consistency, seal the cap on the jar set it out in an area where it gets plenty of sunlight.

-Ideally, you want to allow it to sit for a minimum of a week, but the longer the better.

Some of the biggest catfish I ever caught involved bait that had sat in the sun for three months.

So there, you have it.

With the way the world is now, I’ve found that having a skill like this becomes more and more valuable every day.

Making catfish bait might not be something you can put on your resume, but it’s in no way a skill that won’t come in handy.

Homemade catfish bait isn’t only more efficient, but I’ve found it to be cheaper over time than buying it from somewhere (and the manufacturers probably use the exact same process above, too.)

So now that you’ve seen how to make your own catfish bait, get to makin’.

Set your alarm, have that boat ready, and enjoy the still peacefulness the lake gives off in the early morning.

That is until the fish start biting. Because they don’t stand a chance now that you know how to make catfish bait.

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