Salmon eggs are one of the best baits for catching salmon and trout during the spawning period when they head upstream into the rivers, creeks and streams. Salmon eggs are also very effective in lakes for trout. Many smaller lakes are stocked yearly with trout and salmon eggs will catch a lot of trout in these lakes. In very deep water where fish are suspended, salmon eggs will not be as effective, but in the shallower areas where trout can easily grab a meal off of the bottom, salmon eggs will definitely work.
There are two different forms of salmon eggs to use as bait: salmon roe and single eggs. The salmon roe is more popular because it is easier to use. You can get the salmon roe from bait shops or from a fish that just entered the river. The salmon eggs will still be held together in the early stages of spawning and you can take the entire roe, cut it into small pieces and use as bait. You can also make spawn sacs with the salmon roe, which is also very popular. The single eggs can be found in fish that are getting close to releasing their eggs. Many salmon and trout are caught and the eggs will actually fall out of the fish as the angler picks up the fish. These loose eggs can be effective, but you will need to cure them to be able to use them as bait. Many anglers prefer to use artificial salmon eggs when fishing in the rivers. The single egg pattern is one of the most popular presentations for salmon and trout during their spawning runs.