How to Find & Catch Crawfish


The crawfish is a fresh water crustacean that is found in almost every North American pond, river or stream. You'll find that catching them is quite simple and can be done with equipment that can be found at any bait shop for very low cost. Whether you're catching them to use as bait for catfish, as an addition to your fresh water aquarium or as a meal, you'll find that catching crawfish is fun and can be done just about anywhere you find fresh water.

Things You'll Need

  • Cane pole (or fishing rod)
  • Fishing line
  • Hot dogs
  • Fishing hook
  • Sinkers
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Fishing net
  • Bucket
  • Look for an area of water along the edge of a pond, creek or river that has foliage growing out of it. Crawfish eat decomposing grasses and algae and like to live under logs, weeds, or rocks that present a good hiding place, so look for places that they can both eat and hide easily.

  • Attach your line to your cane pole and tie on your hook. Attach the sinkers. Fill your bucket with creek water and set it next to where you will be fishing. Keep your net handy.

  • Squeeze the metal sinkers into place about 4 inches above your hook onto the line with your needlenosed pliers. This will keep your line on the bottom where the crawfish are.

  • Place a bit of hot dog or other oily meat such as a bit of pork sausage on your hook and drag it along the bottom. Try working it close to rocks, logs, or even under some weeds to attract the crawfish.

  • Pull up your line when you feel the crawfish snap tight onto the bait. You can either lower them into the bucket while still on your line or take them off with the pliers and drop them in.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you'd like to catch a couple of pounds of crawfish all at once, invest in a crawfish trap. Set it in the water overnight with bait such as hot dogs, a piece of oily fish, or sausage and collect the next day.


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