Anyone ever tried trapping crayfish in eastern nc? What are some good baits and where are good places to set traps? What are good times of the year and when do they stop moving? Wanting to try and trap some for a good fish fry/crawlfish boil.
Mudbugs...I have an uncle that taught me much of what I know about life outdoors. He and I used to go frog giggin'. We'd take what was left over after the legs were removed and place it where a small stream (culvert) fed into the pond. We didn't use traps. We'd scoop 'em up with a 5 gallon bucket. The stream wasn't much wider than the bucket though, so it was pretty easy scooping. Anyway, them little crawlers would come like a dinner bell had been rang. I suppose you could use scraps from you fish cleaning.
Try to catch a show on discovery called "Dirty Jobs". I think the show the crawdad fisherman once or twice every week. If nothing else it's good entertainment.
when we were kids we would use a minnow trap with hot dogs inside trap...we would set trap in a deeper hole in stream..stream fed into a local river ..lots of crayfish..the only problem was the large crayfish could not fit into the trap..
I read this trick for bait crawdads.
4-6 three ft lenghts of mono w/ strip of bacon tied to one end.
put in one by one and stake it, by the time you get them in and get back to the first one, they will be gripped on, like PH said like a dinnerbell rang, just pluck 'em into a bucket.
Gonna try it one day with the kids. Course I guess you still have to know where they are?
If the water isnt too deep, another trick we used is to put the bait out and let them come to it. Get you one of those long 2 prong forks for cooking hotdogs over the campfire. Use that to go over their back and reach in and grab them. Only bad part is its one at a time, and you have to wait for them to come back to the bait, which isnt that long generally. Good fun with the kids though.