The hot diggety dog, catfish biscuits and Jack's cat attack mixes from GameAndFishMag.com and CatfishEdge.com are some good recipes for making homemade catfish bait. All of the recipes are effective for many species of catfish and require only inexpensive ingredients readily available in most grocery stores. The key factors for most good catfish bait recipes are getting a strong-smelling bait that appeals to the fish in a consistency that stays on the fish hook.
Make the hot diggety dog baits by cutting a package of the cheapest hot dogs available into bite-size pieces and placing them into a zip-seal bag. Add 1 package of unsweetened strawberry Kool-Aid and 3 rounded teaspoons of chopped garlic and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Use one hot dog piece on a hook for best results.
Catfish biscuits need 2 cans of cheap biscuits and a can of tuna or mackerel that is packed in oil. Knead the mixture in a large bowl until it is well blended, adding a little flour if needed for good consistency. Store the bait in a zip-seal back pinching off what is needed to bait the hook.
Puree in a blender 1 pound of hot dogs with 1 pound of chicken livers that have been aged in the sun until the livers have a pungent aroma for the base to Jack's cat attack recipe. Tear a half a loaf of bread into small pieces, and place them large bowl. Pour the hot dog and liver puree over the top of the bread, add 2 cans of nacho cheese, 1 can of corn, 1/4 bottle of tabasco sauce and a dozen worms cut into small pieces. Knead the mixture to a doughy consistency, and seal it in a plastic container stored in the sun.