How to Make Nitro Dough Premium Trout Bait

by Keith Dooley
Make your own premium trout dough bait at home.

Make your own premium trout dough bait at home.

Nitro dough trout bait incorporates scents designed to attract trout and entice them to strike. Available in bright colors such as pink and chartreuse, nitro dough is a soft bait that can be molded into small balls and placed on hooks for presentation. Although the recipe for nitro bait is guarded by the manufacturer, it is possible to make a similar product using ingredients that are proven to attract and entice trout.

Place a quarter cup of processed cheese in a microwave-safe mixing bowl. Heat until the cheese is melted. Remove the bowl and set on a safe working surface.

Add 2 cups of water, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of cornmeal and garlic powder to the melted cheese. Incorporate the ingredients thoroughly to form a thick dough. The amount of garlic powder will be determined by personal preference; however, an eighth of a teaspoon is a good starting point. Add drops of food coloring to change the dough to pink or bright green if desired.

Fill a cooking pot three-quarters full of water and place on a stove top. Heat the water until it begins to boil. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll in the palm of your hands to form pea-sized balls. Drop the dough balls into the boiling water and let them boil for about one minute.

Place several dough balls into the boiling water at a time so that you can keep track of when they should be removed. Use a spoon to scoop the dough balls from the water, and place them on a paper towel to dry. Continue forming dough balls and boiling them until the dough is used up or you have made enough.

Place the dough balls in a plastic bag and add anise oil and cod liver oil. Both oils are potent, so a little goes a long way. Begin by placing a few drops of both oils in the bag, close the top and shake the bag to disperse the oil and coat each dough ball. Store the dough balls in the bag with the oil so that the oil will be absorbed through the dough.

Items you will need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Microwave
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 pound processed cheese
  • Cooking pot
  • Stove top
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Anise oil
  • Cod liver oil
  • Optional
  • Food coloring

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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