Catfish bait with kool-aid is very effective at catching nice size channel cats, carp and buffalo. I don’t know what it is about the powdery mix, but catfish seem to love it. There are several ways you can mix it to make one of the best catfish baits for fishing ponds, lakes, creeks, and small rivers.
There are tons of catfish bait recipes you can make with kool-aid. It’s very versatile and the options to make different baits with it are limitless. You can mix it with tons of other things that catfish like eating. I’ve also added it to dough and dip baits.
My go-to catfish kool-aid bait is marinating it in hot dogs. For those of you who don’t know, hot dog catfish bait is one of my favorites, and it never fails at attracting big channels and other species of fish.
Preparing this bait is simple and only uses a couple of household ingredients and supplies. I use the smaller Ziploc bags, 1 package of strawberry, cherry or any red kool-aid and 1 package of cheap store-bought hot dogs with chicken, turkey, and beef.
How to make catfish bait with kool-aid and hot dogs
Pour the hot dog juice in the Ziploc bag and cut the hot dogs in pieces. Don’t cut huge pieces, you’ll have trouble keeping the bait on the hook. 1-2 inch pieces work just fine. Put the hot dogs and kool-aid in the bag and shake gently until they’re covered with the kool-aid.
I like to keep them in the fridge for at least one night. Two to three days is more ideal. I’ve also left them out in the sun for a day, and they worked just as well, if not better than putting them in the fridge.
When it’s time to fish with them, I put the bait on a circle hook and let the catfish feast.
As I said, there are several ways you can use kool-aid for catfish bait. I’ve also used chicken breast cut up in chunks and soaked in red kool-aid. It works the same way as using hot dogs. Cut the chicken breast in pieces and place them and the powder in the Ziploc bag and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few days.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different scents, spices, and ingredients you have laying around in your kitchen. If you’re wanting to catch more carp than catfish, use some vanilla extract. If you’re having trouble getting bites, add garlic powder or minced garlic to the bait.
I’m not sure what it is about this catfish bait with kool-aid, but channel cats absolutely love it. Put the hot dogs or chicken on the hook and watch your fishing pole bend with a monster catfish hooked.