- This article is about the item category. For the item, see Bait (item).
Bait is a type of item that can be attached to a Fiberglass Rod or an Iridium Rod, or inserted in to a Crab Pot. Crab Pots require bait to catch fish, but fishing rods do not require it. However, attaching bait to a fishing rod will apply effects that can help the player catch fish.
To attach the bait to your rod, left-click the bait in your backpack (or right-click to pick up a single one), then right-click the rod.
On an Xbox controller, press A on the bait to select the whole stack (or X to pick up a single one), then X to attach to the rod.
On a PS4 controller, press X on the bait to select the whole stack (or  to pick up a single one), then  to attach to the rod.
Only one bait will be consumed per use. The remaining bait can be detached by right-clicking the rod in your backpack or pressing X on the Controller.
|Bait (item)||Causes fish to bite faster. Must first be attached to a fishing rod.||Default bait, decreases the time taken for fish to bite and lowers chance of getting trash items.||5g||Bug Meat (1)|
|Magnet||Increases the chance of finding treasures when fishing. However, fish aren't crazy about the taste.||Increases the treasure chance by 100% (30% chance instead of the base 15%). This item is decent if you want extra materials or are collecting artifacts, although it does have a lower bite rate than regular bait.||1,000g||Iron Bar (1)|
|Wild Bait||Appeals to all fish.||Decreases the time taken for fish to bite slightly more than standard bait. The recipe is obtained from Linus upon earning four hearts and approaching his Tent around 8:00PM.||N/A||Fiber (10) Slime (5) Bug Meat (5)|
|Artisan||Bee House • Cask • Cheese Press • Keg • Loom • Mayonnaise Machine • Oil Maker • Preserves Jar|
|Refining||Charcoal Kiln • Crystalarium • Furnace • Lightning Rod • Recycling Machine • Seed Maker • Slime Egg-Press • Slime Incubator Slime Egg • Soda Machine • Tapper • Worm Bin|
|Gardening||Basic Fertilizer • Basic Retaining Soil • Deluxe Speed-Gro • Fertilizer • Quality Fertilizer • Quality Retaining Soil • Rarecrow • Scarecrow • Speed-Gro • Tools|
|Fishing||Bait • Barbed Hook • Cork Bobber • Dressed Spinner • Lead Bobber • Magnet • Spinner • Tackle • Trap Bobber • Treasure Hunter • Wild Bait|