Many people love crawfish but are unsure how to catch the little critters. One of the best ways to catch crawfish (they are also affectionately known as crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs) would be to use crawfish traps. If you want to make the most out of your crawfish traps then you will need a few tips to get you going in the right direction. Below are some of the best tried and true crawfish trap tips to help you be a great crayfish catcher.
o The first thing that you need to make sure of is that you have a good quality trap. Keep in mind that when you go with the traps that are just thrown together, you risk losing your catch when the trap fails or breaks. Once you are sure that you have a good quality trap you can move on to the next step in using the crawfish trap.
o Bait is the next thing that should be on your list. This is one of the most important items when using a crawfish trap. Believe it or not, the type of bait you use can actually determine the amount of crawfish that will turn up in your trap. Depending on what you choose to go with, you can expect to 15 to 20 lbs of crayfish if the bait is the right one but if you choose a poor one then you may be only obtain a maximum of 2 or 3 lbs.
o Get to know the crawfish you are trapping. One thing for sure is that they love to eat. You need to take this into account when you stock the trap with bait. Even though they love to eat, they are picky about what they eat so you need to be sure to get the stuff they love. Some of the better baits that work well in bait boxes are fish heads, guts, as well as the skin of fish. Be sure to go with fresh bait, and stay away from the baits that are based on chicken or cat food.
o Try to go with a bait box rather than a bait jar. The box allows them to feed in a more open environment, which also allows them to send off a signal, attracting other crawfish, letting them know that it is feeding time.
o Know where to place the traps. Think, location, location, location. You can pretty much count on crawfish being in just about any body of water ranging from ponds to lakes and from rivers to streams. It is best to look for the places in the body of water that the crawfish will hide such as rocky spots, particularly the spots that have an over growth of algae as this is a source of food. They will feed off the algae while they stalk their fish prey.
Using traps the correct way will give you a plentiful catch. Be sure to start with the tips above to help get you started in the right direction where crawfish traps are concerned.