How to Cure & Cut Bait for Salmon

by Lanh Ma
Catch salmon with the eggs from your previous catch.

Catch salmon with the eggs from your previous catch.

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Salmon eggs, also known as salmon roe, are an excellent bait for catching salmon, and they are a by-product of salmon fishing, meaning that you can make your bait from the fish that you caught previously. Salmon eggs fresh out of the salmon are held together in a membranous skein, which allows you to cut and cure the eggs for future use.

Items you will need

  • Cookie sheet
  • Newspaper
  • Salmon egg skein
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Resealable plastic bags
Step 1

Cover a cookie sheet with about 20 layers of newspaper.

Step 2

Cut a salmon skein into 1-inch wide strips across the width.

Step 3

Space the salmon skein pieces equally on the newspaper-covered cookie sheet.

Step 4

Pat the pieces dry with a clean paper towel. This helps them dry out and cure more quickly.

Step 5

Place the tray in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Step 6

Place each cured skein in a small resealable plastic bag and place the bags in the freezer until you are ready to use them.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use this same method for trout egg skeins.

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