Corn is probably most commonly used during summertime barbecues, cookouts and picnics, but when you look closer, corn also has a wide variety of other applications. It’s utilized in the production of a high-quality bourbon and vodka and is used to make sweetener and even fuel.
But what about fishing? Is it a good idea to go fishing with corn? In my opinion, yes! Corn is an excellent fishing bait. The problem is though, corn is not legal to fish with in all 50 states. So, what about Texas? Is it legal to use corn as a bait in the state of Texas?
Let’s take a look at what the current laws that are on the books state.
Is It Legal To Fish With Corn In Texas?
In Texas it perfectly legal to fish with corn in areas where bait is permitted. While Texas permits the use of corn as bait, it is not always legal to attract fish by chumming with corn.
After reading through the most recent Texas Fishing Regulations as well as listening to feedback from local Texas anglers, it’s pretty clear that it is legal to use corn as fishing bait in the state of Texas.
However, be sure to do your own research to find out the restrictions of using corn in any body of water in the state of Texas before you head out.
Tips for Fishing With Corn as Bait
Bluegill and Trout
If fishing for trout or bluegill, simply use a small egg size hook or something similar and attach 1 or 2 kernels of corn to it. This baited hook can hang down about 24 inches below a bobber, or you can attach a very small split shot weight about 18 inches above the hook with your
If you aren’t using a bobber, just add enough weight to be able to cast it out to where the fish are. The weight should be light enough that the corn falls slowly through the water column, attracting fish as it goes.
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Catfish and Carp
The hair rig is a popular method for fishing with corn, and it works best when using corn-flavored dough. A hook with multiple corn kernels will also work.
The bait is hung from a section of leader off the bend of the hook on this rig. Because the bait is slightly separated from the hook, the fish can come up and mouth the corn to ensure it is safe to eat. Once it has determined that it is safe, it will suck up both the bait and the hook.
You can also choose a hook that is appropriate for the size of the fish you are attempting to catch. Thread 4-6 kernels onto the hook, or as many as necessary to completely cover the hook. Unlike the hair rig, the hook is inhaled after the bait is taken.
This type of fishing rig is most effective with whole kernel corn. This rig can be used directly underneath a bobber. Set the hook once the bobber is pulled beneath the surface or begins to move.
You can also attach a weight to this rig and let it sit on the lake’s bottom. This is ideal for catching bottom dwellers like carp and catfish.