Fish bait is used to lure fish to a specific location in the water for fishing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It is crafted from 1 manila clam at any DIY workbench. The DIY recipe for fish bait is obtained after digging up a manila clam for the first time.
The player uses it while standing in front of a body of water. The fish bait will be thrown into the water, and the shadow of a random fish will appear. This also causes any nearby fish to flee.
Fish bait takes up 1 inventory slot and has a maximum stack size of 10. It sells for 200 bells each, which doubles the sell price of the manila clam, though it's more efficient to make money by simply using the bait to catch more valuable fish.