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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.


Excluding the bamboo rod, to attach the bait to your rod, enter the inventory menu and click on the bait (left-click or right-click, depending on how many you want to pick up), and then right-click the rod. The bait you selected then disappears from view, but it remains associated with the rod. Exit the inventory menu to begin fishing. You will use one bait each time you cast. When (if) you use up all the selected bait, the game notifies you with a pop-up message. If you finish fishing without depleting your bait, it remains indefinitely (and invisibly) with the rod for next time. You may also enter the inventory menu again and right-click the rod to separate the bait and put it back in visible inventory.

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 Items

Image Name Description Notes Purchase Crafting
Bait Causes fish to bite faster. Must first be attached to a fishing rod. Default bait, decreases the time taken for fish to bite (reduces the delay before a nibble by 50%) and lowers chance of getting trash items. The recipe is earned at Fishing Level 2. Gold.png5g 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. The recipe is earned at Fishing level 9. Gold.png1,000g Iron Bar (1)
Wild Bait.png
Wild Bait A unique recipe from Linus. It appeals to all fish. Decreases the time taken for fish to bite slightly more than standard bait, reduces the delay before a nibble by 62.5%. The recipe is obtained from Linus upon earning four hearts and approaching his Tent between 8pm and 12am on a sunny or snowy day. N/A Fiber (10) Slime (5) Bug Meat (5)