Homemade Stink Bait


Many fishermen swear by stink bait for catching big catfish. Stink bait is generally a mixture of meat, oil or other smelly substances mixed in a base and left outside to develop a strong smell. Catfish are known for their ability to smell, so it makes sense to use stink bait when fishing for them. Experiment to come up with your own signature stink bait. The most common ingredients are chicken liver, beef liver, garlic, cornmeal, worms, fish and cheese.

Recipe One

  • Mix 1 lb. chicken livers, 1 can of anchovies and 12 worms in a blender. Transfer mixture to bucket. Add 1 can of creamed corn and ½ cup Parmesan cheese. Add ½ cup of crushed stale crackers. Add flour until mixture is firm enough to form balls. Cover the bucket and leave outside.

Recipe Two

  • In a blender, combine 1 lb. leftover bait fish and 1 tub of raw chicken livers. Add bacon grease if you have some, but it is not necessary. Add ¼ cup cheddar cheese and blend. Transfer mixture to bucket. Mix in 1 cup oatmeal and 1 cup cornmeal. Add enough flour until mixture will form balls. Cover bucket and leave outside until it stinks.

Recipe Three

  • Puree 1 lb. beef liver, ½ lb. Limburger cheese and ½ tsp. garlic. Add enough flour until mixture gets firm enough to form balls. Put in a bucket and leave outside for a week.

Recipe Four

  • Put 1 can of anchovies, 1 pack of hot dogs, 1 can nacho cheese, 12 worms and ½ tsp. garlic in blender. Blend until liquefied. Transfer to bucket. Stir in ½ cup of blood from any fish you have cleaned. Cover bucket and leave outside until it develops a strong stink. Add in ½ cup cornmeal and enough flour to thicken mixture until it will form balls.


  • The trick to making a good stink bait, no matter which ingredients you use, is to leave it outside long enough so that it develops a strong odor. Make sure to always wear rubber gloves when mixing stink bait. To use stink bait, form into balls and put on hook. Common thickening agents for thin stink bait are flour and cattail fiber. Some stink baits are made as a liquid into which small pieces of sponge are dipped. It is not a good idea to freeze stink bait once it is ripe because the odor may transfer to your freezer. Just go ahead and let it stink; use it as long as you can stand it.

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