Welcome to Old Whiskers Catfish Baits… Designed and Tested by Catfishermen for Catfishermen

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Our products are designed and tested by catfishermen for catfishermen. Whether you prefer to fish with Dough Bait or Dip Bait, we have the perfect bait for you.

Old Whiskers was first developed in Burlington, Iowa by Paul Mower and Harry Herman back in 1952. As long-time fishing buddies, they experimented with different recipes and formulas before deciding which one suited them best. Once decided, they began making small batches of Catfish bait and selling it locally.

As years went by, word spread about its results, and more and more bait shops began to stock it. By 1974, Old Whiskers was available from as far south as Pevely, Missouri and as far north as Dubuque, Iowa along the Mississippi River.

About that time, Paul and Harry decided to retire from making bait and go back to just fishing. They sold the business to Rose’s Bait & Tackle in West Burlington, Iowa, where the bait continued to be made until Rose’s Bait and Tackle added additional product lines. In 1971, Rose’s began offering a soft plastic worm for the dip baits as an alternative to sponge hooks, which were prevalent at that time.

In 1996, the Rose family sold their retail and wholesale bait shop, and son Harold moved the manufacturing operation to O’Fallon, Illinois ( just east of St. Louis, MO), where it continues to operate to this day.

The worms and other catfishing related tackle items are top quality – designed to be used by serious fishermen. Compare the durability of our plastic worms with any on the market!