Most anglers who spend any amount of time fishing lakes and rivers know that catfish go after stink baits, and the smellier the better. Catfish are bottom feeders that locate food in the murky depths mainly by sense of smell. Here is the concoction that I use to make my dough balls for catfish.
2 cups Cereal ( You can actually use just about any type of cereal)
Chicken Bullion Cubes ( I actually use the flavoring packs out of ramen soups)
1 Can of Sardines in Oil
1 tsp Liquid Smoke
5 Tbs Honey
1/4 cup of Water
Measure two cups of cereal, bullion cubes and 1 tbsp. garlic powder into a large resealable plastic bag and seal the bag.
Crush the cereal, bullion cube and garlic into coarse crumbs by pressing on the bag with your hands.
Add sardines, liquid smoke and honey to the bag
Seal the bag and knead the ingredients together with your hands on the outside of the bag.
Add 1/4 cup of water and knead it some more
Add 1/4 cup of flour to the bag and knead it into the catfish bait. Continue to add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until the bait is the consistency of bread dough. The flour will help bind the bait together and make it thick enough to stay on your hook while you fish.
When you get done with it it should look like this. I then put it into the refrigerator over night and let it set up nice and firm. Then I just pull a piece off and bait my hook when I go out fishing.