Hot Dogs as Fish Bait: Does it Work?

There are all sorts of fishing baits, including boilie, sweet corn, bread, cornbread, and so on. But are hot dogs as fish bait effective?

While this might seem weird to some fishers, anglers have been taking advantage of hot dogs for a long time.

If you are one of those many anglers who have not been fishing with hot dogs before, you are probably surprised to read this. And you might wonder what fishes eat hot dog and even how to use them as bait.

You might as well have other related questions. This article presents the perfect guide on how to use hot dogs for catching fish. Read on to find the answers to all the questions when using hot dogs for fishing. 

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Fishes that Eat Hot Dogs

There is a lot of fish that love hot dogs. It is safe to say that most fish, if not all, like hot dogs. Catfish is a good example.

Some fishers say that this fish likes hot dogs more than other bait. As such, they like using hot dogs as bait to catch catfish and improve their chances of successful outings.

Fish like hot dogs because of the scent, sweetness, and greasiness.

Hot Dog Bait Recipe

Although all fish like hot dogs, you have to be careful which type you give to them. When buying a hot dog, avoid anything luxurious. What this means is that anything that is too spicy is not the best for fish. F

ishes do not like strong spices, so you have to use something moderate or less spicy. For one, fish do not like cheese and vegan meals.

There are different hot dogs recipe like vegan dogs, turkey dogs, and so on. You can decide to make your own recipe with regular meat like beef or pork. You do not have to use expensive ingredients.

Catfish Bait Recipe

The catfish bait recipe is one of the most effective catfish bait. Here’s how to make it.


  • Hot dog
  • Grape, one packet
  • Strawberry is Jell-O powder, one packet
  • Fresh garlic powder

Step By Step Guide

  1. Cut your hot dog in halves and put it in a Ziploc bag
  2. Add the packet of grape and strawberry Jell-O powder to the hot dog pieces and mix everything properly.
  3. Add the garlic powder and mix.

How to Fish with Hot Dog Bait

You can fish with a hot dog the same way you fish with baits like boilies and corn. Once you get your bait right, the rest is easy.

If you are using hot dogs for fishing, there are two ways you can set it up. You can use a hook and bobber and a bottom rig.

Here’s how to use both methods:

Bottom Rig

This method will require you to attach a sinker to the line. Add a weight on top of the hot dog to help submerge it. The weight should be farther from the hot dog by about 20 inches, more or less.

This method is most suitable in the afternoons or midday when the sun is out, and the water is warmer. This is because the fishes move down the water to avoid the warmer areas.

What you are doing is taking the bait to where they are. At this point, you have to wait for the fish to get to the bait. Ensure to keep your line tight so you’ll feel the movement when they do get to the bait.

Hook and Bobber

A hook and bobber setup is enough to catch many fishes with hot dogs as your bait. To use this method, you have to attach a bobber above the hook while the hot dog hangs below.

The fish will come for the hot dog in the water, provided it is close to them. This means you have to be aware of the fish’s location. 

It’s essential to fish early in the morning when the fish are in the shallow waters. Then submerge your hot dog about a foot in the water.

Also, keep in mind that the fish will not remain in the same shallow water throughout the day. When the water gets warmer, it will move deeper.

Frequently Asked Questions on Baits

What Fish Will Eat Hot Dogs?

Almost all fish like hot dogs. The point is that fish will eat almost anything if they are hungry. If a hot dog is well made, it will attract just about any kind of fish. Fish can decipher the scent of hot dogs and will always be attracted to them.

Can You Use Hot Dogs as Bait?

Yes. Hot dogs are perfect for fish of any kind. However, given their nature, they can slip off the hook. With the method explained above, you can successfully and effectively use hot dogs as bait.

Are Hot Dogs Good for Saltwater Fishing?

Hot dogs are perfect for saltwater fishing if you are targeting coves and inlets. If you use hot dogs as fishing bait on the shoreline, you will get more results.

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing enthusiast. He has over 25 years of fishing experience, and 6 years of spearfishing experience, and is currently learning how to boat. Jon has his Open Water PADI Certification and FII Freediver Level 1 Certification. Jon has traveled the world to fish and dive, most notably in the Great Barrier Reef, Baja Mexico, Thailand, and Malaysia. More Articles
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