How to Use Salmon Eggs for Bait

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How to Use Salmon Eggs for Bait
Bait a hook with three or more salmon eggs to resemble a cluster. (hook image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Salmon eggs make a deadly bait for trout, steelhead, even salmon themselves, when the spring spawning season drives these migrating fish berserk. Salmon eggs are available commercially in a variety of colours, from natural pink to eye-catching chartreuse, a blend of green and yellow that stands out in the water with greater visibility. Bait a hook with several eggs to resemble a small cluster as they appear in the wild.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rod and reel spooled with line
  • Salmon egg hooks size 6 and 8
  • Split-shot sinker weights
  • Salmon eggs

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Tie a hook to the end of the fishing line a few inches below the rod tip using a clinch knot to prevent slipping. Illustrated instructions for tying a clinch knot are linked in the Resources section below.

  2. 2

    Pinch on two or three split-shot sinker weights about four inches up the line from the hook to add weight for the cast. A split shot weight is about the size of a BB shot with a slit in the middle. Place the line in the slit and pinch the two halves together.

  3. 3

    Pierce three to four salmon eggs, one at a time, on the barb of the hook, pushing each egg around the hook's curve. The eggs should resemble a small cluster with the point of the hook buried in the last egg. Spawning salmon release strands of eggs connected by a viscous jelly. Eggs typically break off from the cluster in groups of three or more. Trout and salmon are looking for these morsels, which the baited hook resembles.

  4. 4

    Cast the baited hook in pools of still water or in front of exposed rocks in fast-moving streams or rivers, allowing the hook to drift around the rock. Fish often lurk behind these natural hiding places, waiting for a meal to drift into view.

Tips and warnings

  • Fishing with salmon eggs, especially for trout, may be illegal in some areas at certain times of the year. Check local regulations before fishing.

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