How to Fish With Salmon Eggs

How to Fish With Salmon Eggs
Salmon eggs are an excellent bait for all species of trout and salmon themselves, only in areas where fishing with eggs is permitted. There are three basic techniques for fishing with salmon eggs, which you can learn about by following these steps before your next outdoor excursion.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Light to medium rod and reel spooled with 8 to 20-pound fishing line Tackle, including 3/0-6/0 hooks and split shot Salmon eggs Fish license and trout or salmon permit, if fishing for these species
  • Light to medium rod and reel spooled with 8 to 20-pound fishing line
  • Tackle, including 3/0-6/0 hooks and split shot
  • Salmon eggs
  • Fish license and trout or salmon permit, if fishing for these species
Step 1
Rig a 3/0-6/0 hook with two or three salmon eggs threaded on the barb and up the shank.
Step 2
Crimp three or four split shot weights about 18 inches up from the hook to give some heft to the cast.
Step 3
Cast the hook to pools, eddies and still water behind exposed boulders in a river where salmon and trout often lurk in wait for a meal.
Step 4
Keep the hook just off the river or lake bottom by bouncing it along with your rod tip.
Step 5
Let the current work to your advantage. Fishing with salmon eggs works best when the string of eggs on your hook resemble a section of eggs that have broken off from a skein of salmon roe (thick sacs of eggs). In nature, three or four conjoined eggs will bounce along near the bottom of the river, so imitate that movement by twitching your rod tip and retrieving the slack.
Step 6
Bring plenty of eggs on your fishing trip. Rivers are rough on egg baits and you can expect to lose many to the current.

Tips & Warnings

 
Sharpen your hooks before fishing for trout and salmon, which have tough, leathery mouths.
 
Check local regulations before you go fishing. During spawning season, it may be illegal in some areas to fish with salmon eggs or even imitation eggs.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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