George Magyar's Trout Bait
5 or 6 slices White Bread
Remove crust from bread, bake in oven at 250F until rock hard, closely watching for any burning, crumble and crush crumbs, then sift till fine. Mix bread crumbs in bowl with cream cheese, stir in baking soda, add water and knead to a ball. Bait should be the consistency of Play-Dough. You can add food color to dye the dough any color desired, and for added flavor appeal add garlic juice or anise oil. Pinch off a small amount and put it on a number 18 or 20 weighted jig hook under a small bobber, then HOLD ON!
Joel Spalding's Trout Bait
This recipe was passed down to me from my father who got it from an older gentleman when he was in his twenties. It has never let us down, even during those slow times of the day. Mix 6 (uncooked) brown and serve rolls with 1 stick of cream cheese. Work the mix until completely smooth with a consistency of playdough. Then cook a few strips of bacon and pour the bacon grease onto the ball and work it in. Then add food coloring for desired color and place in fridge to firm.
An Interesting Idea from Clinton Becker
Recently I have found soaking new colored ear plugs soaked in an old power bait jar works great as cheap floating bait, they look and feel just like marshmallows, some are even striped in different colors, and soaked in a power bait jar, pinch flat, put under a washer in the fluid, and as it expands back out it soaks in some of the juice. Then put on hook like a marshmallow, first off center, then push all the way through, turn and push hook back into the center, when done right, it will be snag free.
Baitfisher Bill's Dough Bait Recipe
I have the ultimate trout bait that will work ALL day long. First, get a bag of hatchery food from whatever hatchery is near you. Get yourself some flour And HOT (to the point of boiling) water and some heavy duty 1 gallon plastic zip lock freezer bags. Put the hatchery food in the bag and slowly add water just a little at a time, kneading it like bread dough until the fish food dissolves mostly to a wet powder form -- not too wet and not too dry. Next slowly add little amounts of flour and knead like bread dough just until it's to the point of sticking together and falling apart at same time. To fish this bait, press it onto size 8 strait bait hook and make it flat to resemble a spinner. This does two things: it makes the bait float slower down to the bottom, and it makes a cloud of bait as it goes down (which is why you want it to stick together but also to fall apart). Its killer if more than one person uses it in the same fishing hole. Now occasionally lift your rod tip up and down. Since the bait is flat, it should spin on the way back to you, making the fish look at it even more. This bait has also caught close to 40 lunkers in the past 8 years for myself and my friends.
A Tip from James
It's the oldest trick in the book and works best with worms but given the right "pocket", it can be done with almost anything. Go to the pharmacy and buy some hypodermic needles like diabetics use. Yes you may get that "are you a junkie" stare but whatever. Pull back on the plunger to fill it with air. You can inject worms, marshmallows, even cheese (tightly packed and needle inserted directly in the middle. The air acts like a bobber and will make most bait float. You can double up by adding a bloated worm to a cheese or power baited hook. Same with marshmallows as they hold air great, are already a good bait and will float even better with some added air. Marshmallows tip: pinch the end you inserted the needle into to close the hole. Worms will automatically heal and close making them the absolute best for air injection fishing. Trust me been doing it for decades now.