Catching Crawfish to Eat

Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by c_P, May 24, 2019.

  1. ShadowX

    ShadowX I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    There are plenty in the LA river (or sewer). You just have to lift the shopping carts and dead bodies to get to them. They love to hide inside the sunken plastic bottles and old hubcaps. I'm not even kidding.
     
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  2. the SLIDER

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    I'm with Otto. Can't eat these varmints from just anywhere.

    When i worked construction, my helper and I found an abundance in a local creek. (Sand Canyon). I made a mini lobster cage out of metal lath; funnel shaped entry that they could not escape from. Baited it with some lunch meat. Next day I went to another job which was located by a golf course. My helper finished up some loose ends in the morning then meet at the new job. When he arrived he had a bucket of water with the trap inside; he was laughing his ass off as he pulled out the Crawfish trap. This 10"x5" trap was plugged. At least 50 inside.

    Since we weren't going to eat the toxic Crawfish, they were released into the ponds at the golf course. Years later, I heard they are was overrun the Crawfish.

    I confess to the crime.
     
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  3. mhanson59hb

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    LJ, the environmental terrorist.... 8-):D
     
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  4. MYNomad

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    How does he know? If you go fishing with that buddy and drop one of them crawdads, don't bend over to pick it up.
     
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    "psuh"

    Hello Kinison. Been going out and hooking up?
     
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    Since we're talking about it... Does anyone know of any crawfishing spots near Ventura? Built a dozen traps years ago after hearing Cachuma had 'em only to get skunked!
     
  7. kevina

    kevina I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    What is the obsession with these sewer dwellers (crawfish)?? Am I missing something???
     
  8. BiggestT

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    Big Bear Lake has loads of crawdad’s and they get big. They may have the larger signal crawdad’s in there along with the reds. However, the bass in Big Bear are known to be high in mercury content so that may wind up in the crawdad’s too.

    I have my secret spots for crawdads, but they will remain secret.
     
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  9. Tuna Vic

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    I know it’s not near SD but for anyone else,we used to slay them in Cachuma Lake,would fill and ice chest pretty quick!
     
  10. Saba Slayer

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    IMG_2248.JPG Love Dem Crawdads...!

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  11. kenstevens1

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    Watched an Asian woman walk around mile square park with a bucket reaching her hand under every rock. Musta grabbed 40 and into the bucket they went. Must purge by placing in fresh water kiddie pool for day.. rinse refill and another day.
     
  12. 5-20

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    Had a friend tell me he catches big ones out of the San Diego river and loves eating them......
     
  13. ShadowX

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    These came right out of the LA river. There are extra protein attached to the outer shell too. Delish...

     
  14. Joel Clausnitzer

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    Lots of crawfish in Lake Isabella and the Kern river system. Just make sure you give them a salt path and purge them.
     
  15. CaptJgray

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    Crawfish are just about everywhere and are not hard to catch.

    some of the signals and reds in the higher elevation lakes can get very large.

    as far as water quality, just purge the. obviously stay away from really bad areas like LA river. But look at all the nasty mud holes they fish them in down south.

    I don't know about a salt bath though, multiple fresh water purges and they will live for a long time.
     
  16. Joel Clausnitzer

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    The salt bath helped remove all the parasites. The water comes alive with little wriggling work type things. It's amazing what lives on those critters. Almost makes you not want to eat them but I get over that pretty quickly.
     
  17. CaptJgray

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    I would have thought the salt would kill the crawfish as well
     
  18. RideHPD

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    Considering the amount of run off and pesticides that make their way into urban waterways, I wouldn't eat any from around here unless I had access to periodic water quality checks for at least 3 years. These aren't things that are likely going to harm you immediately after consumption, but significantly affect your end-of-life, predominately neurologically. It's not worth the risk unless you can find a waterway that is away from the population AND agriculture, which in SD is going to be exceedingly hard to find.

    As far as catching them you can look up trap designs, but just use canned tuna or rotten lunch meat for bait. I spent pretty much my entire childhood catching them in the littoral features downstream of Lake Hodges, it's not hard once you find them, and they're pretty much everywhere.
     
  19. MATTANZA

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    Back in the 60's my Grandfather used to take me and a couple buddies to the sd river crawdad fishing , and we'd fill up a couple buckets in no time . we'd use chicken livers in a nylon, and net with a long handle. I wouldn't anything out of the sdr now.
     
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