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A Guide on How to Catch Crayfish

Updated on March 29, 2015

How To Catch Crayfish

Have you ever heard of a crayfish? If so, then you know how fun – and sometimes a little frustrating – it can be to catch them. But, you probably also know how delicious they are when properly cooked. If you haven’t heard of them or eaten crayfish before, then this article will be an eye-opening insight into a nice delicacy and a fun activity. This article will talk about how to catch crayfish – and what exactly a crayfish is.


How to Catch Crayfish: What Are They?

A crayfish (also known in some parts of the world as a crawdad) is a crustacean that is closely related to a lobster that inhabits freshwater environments. They are pretty small – usually about 6-7 inches long – and have two big claws up front. If you see a lobster-like creature swimming around in a river or lake, then chances are that is a crayfish.

Crayfish are considered very tasty in many parts of the world. Louisiana in the United States is particularly well known for its spicy Cajun crayfish dishes. They are also used as pets and are good additions to freshwater aquariums.


How to Catch Crayfish: Where to Look

The most important thing you need to know about how to catch crayfish is, of course, where they live. For starters, if you’re looking for them in an ocean, you are looking in the wrong place. Crayfish live in freshwater habitats, such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. They prefer relatively shallow water, and love to live in small bodies of water like streams, creeks, and brooks. If the water is too cold, though, you probably won’t see any there.

As far as the environment is concerned, crayfish live all over the world. Two families live in places like North America, Europe, and Asia, and one family lives in places like South America, Australia, and Madagascar.

How to Catch Crayfish: A Guide

Okay, so now you know what you are looking for, and where to find them. Here is how you catch one. Head to your local pond, creek, or river. Near the shoreline is where you will find them. Look for holes in the ground near the river; these could be crayfish burrows. But most of the time, you can find them just by looking into the water (if it’s clear enough). They will most likely be traveling along the mud floor, or hiding in between rocks.

Take a net or a container of sorts (like a small plastic tub) and grab a stick. Very slowly, place the cup about three or four inches behind the crayfish. Then, place the stick in front of the animal and gently move it towards it. The crayfish will likely scurry backwards and swim right into the cup. All you have to do then is just scoop it up and there you go! You have your very own crayfish.

Note that touching a crayfish is not necessary to catching one. Besides, you might get a painful pinch if you try to catch one with your hand. We definitely don’t want that to happen, do we?


Cooking Crayfish After Catching


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    • shai77 profile image

      Chen 5 years ago

      You can find them after the rain,looking for food, or you can just try to drag a small net along the bottom of a creek, or pond.

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      lala 5 years ago

      what time of year is best for hunting crayfish?

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      Chen 7 years ago

      Thanks star439 :-)

      Billy indeed it is,like all fishing activities :-)

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Crayfish catching can be a lot of fun and very rewarding.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice hub. When I was a boy I use to cath them. You have a good idea. God Bless.