How to Bait Catfish With JELL-O

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Strawberry Jell-o is a key ingredient in homemade catfish bait. According to, such homemade bait uses just basic household ingredients and requires very little preparation time, making it a simple and affordable alternative to store-bought baits.

Items you will need

  • 2 cups instant oatmeal

  • 3 ounces strawberry Jell-o

  • 1 cup water

  • Ziploc plastic bag

  • Large bowl

  • Spoon

Combine the instant oatmeal, strawberry Jell-o and water in large bowl.

Stir the ingredients together until well blended.

Pour the mixture into a plastic bag and seal tightly.

Press the mixture into a flat slab and let it sit for two to three days.

Roll the mixture into marble-sized balls and attach one ball to each hook to use as bait.


  • If the mixture does not hold together well, try rolling it into individual balls and chilling them in the refrigerator for one hour to help them set.


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