How to use bait in Stardew Valley: Regular Bait, Wild Bait, Magic Bait

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Learning how to use bait in Stardew Valley is incredibly important, particularly for any players looking to increase their chances of reeling it that prize-winning catch. 

The waters surrounding Stardew Valley’s Pelican Town are home to a huge variety of fish. Not only do these aquatic animals come in all shapes and sizes, but they vary in difficulty to catch. While you can catch fish in Stardew Valley without bait, there are some added benefits to using this nifty item. 

Not only does regular bait reduce your chances of dredging up trash items, but it also speeds up the chances of you getting that all-important bite. Fishing is a fantastic way to earn money in Stardew Valley, with some fish netting up to 15k!  

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So, whether you’re after any of the game’s legendary fish or just wish to make the process less time-consuming, then knowing how to utilize bait is incredibly important. 


How to use bait in Stardew Valley?

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Bait is essential for cutting down any lengthy fishing sessions.

In order to attach bait to your Fiberglass Fishing Rod or Iridium Fishing Rod, simply follow the instructions below: 

  1. Purchase bait at Willy’s Fish Shop or craft some using Bug Meat. 
  2. Open your inventory and pick up the bait (left-click).
  3. Now select the fishing rod you wish to use and attach the bait (right-click).

On Xbox, simply press ‘A’ on the bait, then hit ‘X’ on the rod. For PlayStation users, hit the ‘X’ button, then select the rod with ‘square’.

By following the instructions above, you will be able to attach bait in Stardew Valley. 

All Stardew Valley bait types

All Stardew Valley’s bait types and their descriptions, price, and crafting recipes can be found in the table below.

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Name Description Price Crafting Recipe
Regular Stardew Valley Bait


Common bait that causes fish to bite faster and reduces the delay before a bite by 50%.  5g Bug Meat (x1)
Wild Bait

Wild Bait

Craftable bait that enables the user to catch two fish at once.  N/A
  • Fiber (x10)
  • Slime (x5)
  • Bug Meat (x5)
Magic Bait

Magic Bait

Magic-enhanced bait that enables players to catch fish from any season no matter the weather condition or water type. 5 Gems Radioactive Ore (x1)

Bug Meat (x3)

So, there you have it. That’s everything you need to know about how to use bait in Stardew Valley!