In repsonse to KSU's post. To prevent ripping of fish and leaving them on the bank. Using fresh eggs does not mean that the eggs need to be caught today, or this month for that matter. Using eggs from last year is good enough. Its all in how you take care of them. Average fisherman do not need ten fish worth of eggs! One fish would satisfy most peoples needs for a year or more. One fish can easily make over 500 sacks! a salmon even more. Joe and I probably have used less then two fish this year and still have almost half left. Between the two of us we have fished about 30-40 days from oct till now. Can you use a fish out of the lake? I would not advise it(experience!!!!). The egg membranes usually are not developed enough. They will pop very easily. And just because a fish is in the river does not mean the eggs are fully developed either. Look to see if the fish is dropping eggs when unhooking it. Or has a over bulging Stomach. Ask people on the board if they have spare eggs. Most times people have to many and are willing to give them away for free. If you catcha fish and want to keep the eggs: INSTRUCTIONS: Rinsing them in salt water is good to make them last a up to a month. More long term: Rinse eggs thuroughly in cold water. Get all of the blood out the skein. Dry them with a scentless paper towel till they are almost sticky. Cover them thuroughly in Borax 20 Mule Team form the grocery store. Then freeze in ziplock bags. Make them in smaller portions( about a cup or less) so that you do not have to keep thawing them all. They will last over a year in the freezer and catch tons of fish. DO NOT let anyone tell you different that catching fish consistantly on year old eggs is not possible. T You can buy eggs cheaply at in PA or NY. But not sure where. if you do not want to take the time to catch kill and cure. Erie outfitters and a few other places supply fresh eggs. Gander Mountian eggs are only bad because of all the crap they cure them with. Takes away and adds numerous other scents. i am sure other people can add more comments. I have to get back to work.