Egg sacs

Steelhead trout love to eat fish eggs - salmon eggs, brown trout eggs and even their own eggs.  This fish could not resist a cluster of eggs like the ones in this picture, but was lucky to get CPR - Catch, Photograph and Release! 

Steelhead anglers plan for success by using fish eggs for bait. The only problem they face is how to keep fragile pea-sized bait on their hook. Turning fish eggs into fish bait is really easier than one would think.  To begin with, you need fresh, loose fish eggs that have been treated so they will not spoil and so they can be used and stored for an extended period of time.  I will assume you already have the eggs - if you don’t drop me a comment and I can help with that too.  Now let's talk about the preservation treatments.

I have discovered many methods for treating raw fish eggs. Some are commercial treatments you can purchase and some are home recipes. I have used both and they work well.  After years of treating eggs, I have developed a home recipe that I like the best. Using my preservation mix, you can apply it as a dry mix application or in a brine form.  The choice is yours.

Dry Mix Application:  Spread out some paper towels, and cover it with a thin layer of the dry mix. Place a layer of eggs on mix-covered paper.  Thoroughly dust the eggs with additional dry mix and let them stand in a cool, dry place for 1 hour. Then put the eggs in plastic zip-loc snack bags. The egg bait may be refrigerated for a few weeks or frozen for longer storage times.

Egg1Brine Application: Dissolve four ounces of dry mix in 2 quarts of hot water and let it cool to room temperature.  Put in three cups of fresh eggs and let them soak for 4 hours . Drain the eggs, put them on some paper towels to absorb more of the brine, then store in plastic bags. The eggs may be refrigerated for a few weeks or frozen for longer storage times.

Now that you have treated eggs, you are ready to tie some eggs sacs. This picture shows you what equipment you will need, and the video explains how to use the equipment.  If this looks like too much work and bother for what you have in mind, most bait shops along Lake Erie tributaries sell treated, bulk eggs suitable for tying into sacs, egg sacs already tied and single eggs that you can place on a hook.