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Basic Salmon Egg Curing

Salmon Egg Curing

Bobber fishing for spring chinook is a very productive way to fish for these coveted fish. Having a good base egg cure is a must if you want to consistently catch these great eating fish. There are many tricks to curing eggs but I like to keep them simple. I use Nate’s Bait because it is simple and it works.


What you will need:

  • One or more lbs. salmon or steelhead eggs that are blood free
  • Nate’s Bait Bor –Roe egg cure
  • Tablespoon measuring spoon
  • Plastic shaker
  • Gallon Ziplock bag
  • Knife
  • Paper
  • Pen


Step One: Weigh eggs,  butterfly each skein and cut it into pieces that are about 3 baits in size. Place chunks of skein into Ziplock bag.

Step Two: Measure out 3 tbs of Bor-Roe per pound of eggs and place it in the shaker. If you are going to be adding anything additional to the cure add it to the shaker.

Step Three: Shake the cure onto the eggs in the Ziplock bag. Making sure the eggs are evenly coated. Move the eggs around as you are applying the cure to assure even coverage.

Step Four: Seal Ziplock bag and move the eggs around for about 5 minutes. This gets cure into every lobe of the egg skein which will make for a consistent cure.

Step Five: Let the cure sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to an hour.

Step Six: Move the eggs around again for 5 minutes. They should be really juicy at this point. Mixing the cure around will help further dissolve the cure and ensure an even texture.

Let eggs cure at least overnight. I sometimes let mine go a day or 2 at room temperature. While the eggs are curing flip the Ziplock bag every few hours or when you remember to. This is an easy way to continue moving the cure around to make a consistent egg.  The more you move the eggs around the firmer they will be. (Your eggs will not be rock hard if you rotate too much. They will just be a little tougher) Refrigerate or fish once cured.

It is important to write down what you did to get to your final product. Example:

  • 3/6/16
  • 2# steelhead eggs
  • 6 tbs Nate’s Bor-Roe Cure
  • Any additives (not necessary)
  • Cured 12 hours
  • Flipped occasionally
  • Refrigerated

I try to record details about what happened during the curing process because the little things make a difference. After fishing my eggs I like to write notes about how they performed. This helps me replicate cures I have done in the past.