Herring Brine

So I’ve been doing a bit of trolling lately since we got the sled and I have to say, we’ve tested a lot of brines until we finally figured out what is consistently AMAZING! I got this recipe from a seminar from Swanny on springer fishing we use it for all salmon when trolling!

We add some scents here and there if we’re not getting bites but see rollers and we’re fishing in slower water (slack tide or Drano Lake on the Columbia), but the base is ALWAYS the same! Brine the night before, leave in the brine for no more than 36 hours. If you’re going to fish more than one day, just take the herring out of the brine and keep cold to keep them from getting “burned” and shriveling up!

Below is a link to a recap of the seminar from Terry Wiest and Swanny:


Swanny’s herring brine:

2 qts purified, non-chlorinated water or river water

2 cups Kosher or Sea Salt

1 cup brown sugar

1 tbs Mrs. Stuart’s Bluing – for SHINE and bringing out the blues, greens, and purples in the scales

¼ cup powdered milk - to keep the scales set and in tact when the herring gets ‘burnt’ from the salt