How to Make Carp Bait (6 Easy Recipes to Try)

Every beginner angler starts with being content with small catches, but as time goes on, they have their eyes on the big catch. Among the big game fishes, anglers aim for is carp.

Carp is quite common in rivers and lakes, and it usually grows into an impressive size. Fishing carp is easy with commercial baits, but you can make your bait and save yourself some money.

As a beginner, you will need a guide on what homemade carp bait recipes are best and how to prepare them.  

We’re sharing the step-by-step guide on how to make carp bait.

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Best Homemade Carp Bait Recipes for Fishing Beginners

There are many carp bait recipes over the counter and in fishing stores, but some may not be as effective as the ones you will make at home. Besides, having to make your own baits is way cheaper. You can make them from the comfort of your home.

Here are some of the best homemade recipes you can try out:

1. Homemade Boilies Recipe

Boilies are one of the most common baits for carps. There are several creative ways of making it, and it comes in different smells, textures, tastes, and even colors.

Here is one way of making it when you get the ingredients from a fishing store:


  • base mix powder, 3 cups
  • base activator, 2.5 ml
  • strawberry flavor, 7.5 ml (or any other flavor of your choice)
  • 1 egg
  • color, 1 tsp (any color of your choice)
  • sweetener, 1ml (optional)

Step by Step Guide

  1. Mix all liquid ingredients in a bowl: base activator, egg, coloring, sweetener, and flavor
  2. Add base mix powder and knead into a dough
  3. Form dough balls and cook them
  4. Remove from the pot after 2 minutes
  5. Leave the cooked dough to dry overnight

Another way of making boilies when you get the ingredients from a supermarket is:


  • Soy or regulatory flour, 2 cups
  • semolina, 1/3 cup
  • breadcrumbs, 2 cups
  • spinach, 1 cup
  • milk powder, 1/3 cup
  • tuna can
  • 2 eggs
  • fish sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • garlic powder, 1 teaspoon

Step by Step Guide

  1. Put flour and breadcrumbs in a bowl
  2. Add milk and semolina and mix
  3. Add the spinach, tuna, and fish sauce, and mix
  4. Add eggs and mix again to achieve a consistency that will hold
  5. Make a dough ball and put it in a plastic bag to sit in a cool place for some hours.
  6. Return the dough to a bowl and add garlic powder and one cup of flour
  7. Knead the dough for some minutes
  8. Make dough balls and cook them in boiling water for 2 minutes
  9. Remove from boiling and allow to dry on a towel for 24 hours

2. Homemade Fishing Dough

Fishing doughs are like boilies, and they are easy to make. Here is how to make them:


  • Cornmeal, 1 cup
  • flour, 1 cup
  • strawberry jelly, half of a standard pack
  • water

Step by Step Guide

  1. Mix flour, cornmeal, and strawberry
  2. Slowly add water and knead the dough until you achieve the desired consistency
  3. Let the mixture sit for an hour. It is ready.

3. Homemade Sweet Corn Recipe

The sweet taste and small size of sweet corn make it a delicacy for carps. Here is how to make it


  • sweet corn (or feed corn)
  • honey
  • garlic

Step by Step Guide

  1. If you choose feed corn, soak it for some hours and boil for 45 minutes
  2. Add honey for sweetness or garlic for attraction
  3. Add color for more visibility
  4. Add attractants for the fishing purpose

4. Bread

Bread is an effective bait for catching carp. Bread is a preferred bait for some anglers because the crumbs can be used for prebaiting to attract carps before catching them with the main bait.

You can make your own bread or buy some then coat it with attractants to make them more visible to the carp.

5. Cornbread Mix Carp Bait

A mixture of corn and bread makes an exciting carp bait. Here is how to go about making it:


  • Bread, 2 slices
  • cream corn, 1 can
  • sweet cornbread mix, 1 box

Step by Step Guide

  1. Cut the bread into tiny bits to let it mix properly with the other ingredients
  2. Make a mixture with the cream corn, bread pieces, and the cornbread until you get a paste
  3. Allow the dough mixture to sit for 15 minutes to that the bread pieces will absorb fluid and get soaked

6. Chicken Liver Recipe

Carps are like any bait based on meat and like the internal organs. Here is how to make the chicken liver carp bait:


  • chicken livers
  • anise extracts
  • plain instant grits oat, 1 pound

Step by Step Guide

  1. Blend the liver with anise extract and make a paste.
  2. Pour the instant grits into a bucket. Add the paste and mix until you get a thick dough. Note that the more oats you add to the paste, the thicker it is.
  3. Make boilie-like bait balls with the dough.

Tips for Carp Fishing

As with every other endeavor, fishing for carps requires some guidance. And if you are new to the fishing space, you sure need some tips to help make your outings a success.

We have risen to the task with this article. Before you go out for your next fishing trip, check out these tips to help you put your best foot forward and make the best of the entire outing.

Prebait the Fishes

There is an advantage in prebaiting fishes. Using breadcrumbs, for instance, will attract the fish from underwater, bringing them closer to you for catching.

Aim for the deeper waters when fishing for carp during the winter season. During summer, they are closer to the surface than when the weather is cold.

Like other fishes, carps are more active during the mornings and evenings, fish during these periods more.

Get a rod holder to help you keep your hand still more since the carp fish is very active, and a slight movement can make it retreat.

The larger the waterbody you will be fishing, the bigger your rod. Also, if you are aiming for long-range casting, you should get a longer rod and otherwise.

Use a dull-colored fishing hook to avoid scaring the carps with shiny colors.

You attract carps better with a few drops of food than too much food.

Frequently Asked Questions on Carp Baits

This chapter answers some common questions beginner fishers ask about fishing carp. Some anglers have tons of questions on their minds about making the right bait for fishing carps.

And since this guide is created to be of help to carp anglers, we have answered the most common questions fishers have.

What are the Best Baits to Catch Carp?

Different commercial and homemade baits are effective for catching carp. Some homemade recipes include boilies, corn recipes, and carp fishing dough. 

What is the Cheapest Carp Bait?

Bread and breadcrumbs are relatively cheaper than most baits. Additionally, currents can carry the particles to the fishes, which can spur to trace the sources and get caught.


There are carp baits you can make from your home and use effectively. Carps like baits are made with peanut butter, breakfast cereal, animal liver, especially chicken, white bread, vanilla extracts, strawberry, and other flavors. 

Some of the best homemade carp bait recipes are boilies, simple fishing dough, sweet corn, cornbread, etc. While the baits are meant to attract the carp, too many of them are not the right way to go. 

It is advisable to use a less flashy hook and get a fishing rod to limit movements and disturbances that can scare the fishes to improve your chances of catching carp.

Diana Nadim
Fishing Expert
Diana began fishing at the age of seven, as it has been a long-time family tradition. From catching small bullheads to catching strippers on the backwaters of Bighorn, she loves to get out in the wild and have a marvelous day on the water. Her dad was an expert angler, and he taught her fishing along with her two siblings. They used to go to the Bighorn River in Montana and Henry’s fork, Idaho. As a pragmatic person, she is obsessed with creating well-researched and practical guides and reviews of the best fishing methods and gear.
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