How to Use Salmon Eggs for Bait

How to Use Salmon Eggs for BaitSalmon eggs have long been a favorite among fishermen as a bait, especially for trout. Prepared salmon egg bait is widely available for purchase from sporting good and big box stores as well as bait shops and other locations. Salmon eggs are available in their natural coloring as well as orange, red, pink, yellow and even fluorescent colors. Typically the eggs will be treated with either a salty brine solution or with attractants featuring ingredients such as garlic or anise.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Appropriate rod and reel
  • Fishing line
  • Salmon egg hooks
  • Salmon eggs
  • Small split shot sized weights
  • Pliers
Step 1
Tie the salmon egg hook onto the fishing line using a clinch knot. Thread the tag or loose end of the line through the eye of the hook. Twist the tag end around the main line six to seven turns and then feed the end through the small loop created just above the eye. Moisten the knot and pull tight.
Step 2
Hold the hook firmly with one hand and position a salmon egg on the hook. The barb should push through the center of the egg but not completely through. The point should remain just under the surface of the egg.
Step 3
Attach a small split shot weight above the hook. There should typically be at least 10 to 12 inches between the hook and weight. Use pliers to crimp the weight securely around the line.
Step 4
Cast the salmon egg rig to a point in the current of a stream or river just above where fish may be waiting. The current will carry the salmon egg down stream. In calmer water, cast the rig to a point and allow it to sit.
Step 5
Allow the bait to sit and avoid the temptation to immediately begin retrieving line. When a fish takes the egg wait a second or two before setting the hook to ensure the bait is in the mouth of the fish.

Tips & Warnings

Experiment with the different colors and scents in which salmon eggs are available. It is possible to achieve different results.
Take care when rigging the egg to the hook as it is possible to push the hook into a thumb or finger.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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