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strange1's avatar

Whats the best way to catch crayfish?

Asked by strange1 (1198 points ) December 21st, 2009

i want to go and catch my own and take the kids but need to find out how, where and when.

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trailsillustrated's avatar

if you are a kid you can see them on rocks and they hide in the shallow, sandy bottom. Theyr’e fun to catch if your’e quick. If you just want to eat them use bacon for bait and a little crab pot.

lillycoyote's avatar

I am so trying to remember. My dad took us out to some little river or creek in West Virginia or North Carolina when we were kids, to catch crawfish, and for the life of me I can’t remember any more than that. Since then, I’ve just bought them, at the fish store.

buster's avatar

Turn over rocks in the shallows of a creek. Then you got to be quick and snatch them up with your fingers before they jet off to deeper water or under another rock. You can use a little net if your scared of their claws but they don’t really pinch that hard.

strange1's avatar

@trailsillustrated thanks, i bet they like it smoked too lol

strange1's avatar

@lillycoyote yum i love them too, great alternative ti prawns.

strange1's avatar

@buster think ill opt for the net thanks lol

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Living north of the 49th parallel, the opportunities to catch them are somewhat limited, especially when lakes and large rivers have 4 to 6 feet of ice on them from late November until mid May! Seine nets are the method of choice in the early spring and in late fall.

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