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How to Catch Crawfish

Spring is here, which means one thing in Louisiana. It’s time to start catching crawfish! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you have a successful season.

How to Catch Crawfish

  1. Buy traps. You can find these at your local bait and tackle shop.
  2. Bait your trap with chicken necks or liver. This will attract the crawfish into your trap.
  3. Set your trap in an area where you know there are crawfish. Some good places to look are near plants or in shadowed areas.
  4. Check your trap regularly and empty it as needed. The longer the crawfish are in the trap, the less fresh they will be.
  5. If the weather is too cold or hot, it won’t be as successful for catching crawfish. The ideal temperature for catching crawfish is between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Boil your catch as soon as possible for optimal flavor, or store them alive in a cooler with ice if you plan on eating them later.
  7. Seasoning to really make your boil pop: Old Bay, salt, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, garlic, and butter.
  8. Try new recipes! Crawfish can be used in so many dishes like gumbo, etouffee, pies, and more!
  9. Don’t be afraid to get dirty- this is half the fun!
  10. 10. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy spending time with family and friends!


We hope these tips were helpful and that you have a great time out on the bayou this season! Let us know how your catch was in the comments below, and happy fishing!

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