Who We Are
The Fishing Bait Business
fishing bait part of the business was born in the fall of 1988
when Dennis' father, Lloyd, an avid fisherman, became disgusted
with the quality of maggots he could buy for fishing. So he
started raising them in his backyard! Dennis, who had a full time
job at the time, moved the experiment 30 miles North to Porthill,
Idaho, and began helping his dad. It was like a science project,
except there wasn't any material on "How to raise a
After a year of experimenting, Dennis was
able to consistently raise a quality product that could be sold as
fishing bait. Lloyd and his wife, Dorothy, at 77 years old, began
peddling maggots to local fishing stores. In 1992, Dennis quit his
job and together with his wife, Pam, started a wholesale business
of selling the maggots to bait dealers throughout the United
States and Canada.
After over 20 years as one of
the nation’s largest wholesale bait retailers, we know the live bait
business is a really narrow market that demands quality, and we
provide that quality product.
the preferred bait for many species of pan fish including Kokanee,
a land-locked salmon, whitefish love them in the fall, and during
the winter ice fishermen use them for perch.
larvae are also used extensively in the pet food industry for
birds and reptiles. We also get the occasional wild and crazy call
from Hollywood "we need maggots or pupae for a movie". And most
recently, we supplied the fly pupae for the controversial art
exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York
Disposable Fly Pollinators
We entered the Research Seed Pollinating Market in the
summer of 1993 with a phone call from Nick Molenaar of Crookham
Company located in Caldwell, Idaho. He was inquiring about using
the Blue-Bottle Fly for pollinating! Within a short time we were
successful in providing quality Blue Bottle fly pupae to seed
research companies. Once delivered, the pupae hatched into flies
and began the work of pollinating.
It has been a
very rewarding experience working with plant breeders across the
United States and Canada. We are willing to work with any type of
plants and experiments, and we continue to strive to provide the
best quality flies.