Bite ‘Em Lures

The Bite-Em Bate Company or Bite-Em Bait Company made wooden fishing lures beginning around 1917. “Bate” and “Bait” were both used in the name and both versions can be found on Bite-Em boxes.  This small lure company started in Warsaw, Indiana then later moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Bite-Em Bate Company made the following old fishing lures: Bite-Em Revolving Bait, Lipped Wiggler, Water Mole, Wiggler, Floater Minnow, Bass Enticer and the Bite-em Bug.   Most Bite ‘Ems found in the field have chipped paint so it’s difficult to find “photo quality” examples.  This rare Bite Em Wiggler Brochure illustrates the colors available for that lure.

Here are 2 versions of the Bite-Em Bug.  The Bite ‘Em Bug II looks similar to version 1 but has a more pointed nose.

Bite Em Bug
Bite Em Bug Type III
Bite Em Bug Lure
Bite Em Bug Type I







The Musky Wiggler and Bite-Em Pork are rare finds.

Bite Em Pork Bait
Bite-Em Pork Bait
Bite Em Musky Wiggler
Bite-Em Musky WIggler







The first Bite-Em Bait patent was granted in 1922 to Claude Rodgers and Arthur Wenger of the Bite-Em Bate Company. Some people believe the company became the Wenger Manufacturing company sometime in the 1920s.

There were several different versions of the box used for the Revolving Bait.   The most common version is yellow, while this brown box is quite rare.

Rare Brown Bite Em Box
Rare Brown Bite Em Box



Here is a seldom seen Bite-Em Pork Bait Box.

Bite-Em Pork Bait Box


Bite Em Water Mole
Water Mole
Bite Em Bug Bait
Bite ‘Em Bug
Bite Em Smaller Lipped Wiggler
Smaller Lipped Wiggler
Bite Em Lipped Wiggler
Lipped Wiggler
Bite Em Revolving Bait In Box
Revolving Bait
Bite Em Wiggler
Bite ‘Em Wiggler


Bite Em Wiggler 2
Spotted Wiggler
Bite Em Moles
Bite Em Water Moles & Trout
Bite Em Underwater Minnow
Bite Em Underwater Minnow