How To Make Dough Balls For Fishing

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In this blog, we make dough balls for fishing at home. With enough experimentation, you can find much different fish that eat the dumplings.

If you’ve ever been by the water where someone has put out duck or fish bread, you’ve probably seen schools of fish join the party and gather to eat the bread.

While plain bread can attract fish (and can be used as bait like a dumpling), dumplings can attract species of fish that like to fish and can be especially attractive to carp and catfish.

But depending on the flavors you are experimenting with, you may be able to attract Bluewing and other sunflower species.


While you might think fish are more likely to eat what at least looks alive, dumplings can be easy bait for some fish. In the case of carp and catfish, they eat whatever comes their way because their diet is very varied and includes plants, decomposing matter, insects, and also small fish.

The flavors

You will probably find that different anglers will use different flavors and can choose from several different recipes.

This can be a case of trying different flavors and ingredients to find out which one is best for the specific type of fish you are trying to catch or the area in which you are fishing. Adding a little cheese or corn (including corn flakes) can help attract catfish. You can also try adding some peas to attract carp.

Dumpling ingredients

  • Water ½ cup
  • ½ cup of flour
  • Cornmeal ½ cup
  • ½ cup gelatin (or 1 or 2 tablespoons of any flavor)
  • Food coloring (optional)

How to make fishing dumplings

Step 1: Mix together the flour, cornstarch, and gelatin

In a bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, and gelatin powder. Mix everything together.

Step 2: Add water

After mixing the flour, cornmeal, and gelatin, slowly add the water and continue mixing.

If you’re using a flavor instead of gelatin, you can add it to the mix while adding water, along with the food coloring if you like.

Step 3: Form balls

Now that your mixture is the proper consistency and all the ingredients have been added, form balls of dough. Take care that the balls are not too big or too small for your hook.

At this point, you can roll the dough into balls, or you can leave the dough whole and form the balls when you get to the fishing hole.

Tip: If you form balls before going to the water, you can also boil them in a pot of water for about a minute. This can help the dumplings hold their shape and prevent them from falling apart. Alternatively, you can microwave them for about 30 seconds.

Step 4: put the cake in the refrigerator

Place the dough in a freezer bag or airtight container and put the dough in the fridge. It can be all in one piece or already formed into balls. You can also freeze the cake for future use. Just remember to give it time to thaw it before you go fishing.

If you cooked the dumplings first, be sure to cool them before chilling or freezing them.

Step 5: Turn the dough into the bait

When you’re ready to bait, roll the dumpling around the hook so that the hook is hidden in the dumpling. Your ball of dough should reach the point where the hook meets the line.


Dumplings can be the perfect bait for a wide variety of fish. Preparation can be easy and you can easily modify the ingredients for fun experiments until you find the perfect bait.

Do you have a dumpling recipe? Let us know. Share this guide to show your friends and followers the action and they just might find the perfect bait.

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