Crayfishing

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6/21/15 @ 5:44 AM
Igor
Igor
USER since 6/20/01
OK guys tell me what I'm doing wrong here. I have traps and put in a couple fisheads and a can of cat food that is punctured but have yet to get a single crayfish. Tried a chunk of liver once too with no luck.

I'm setting in the Pewaukee River downtown near a rocky area that people have told me has tons of them. Well, I ain't seen a one!!!

Anyone have any suggestions on how to improve my success OR a different place to try?

Thanks.

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5/30/15 @ 4:00 PM
inland sweep
inland sweep
USER since 6/2/09
Sounds like it might be a water quality issue. I had something similar happen to me years ago. Subdivision pond with a good Rocky bottom. The city than built another round of houses and the runoff silted in the pond a fair amount and urban runoff didn't help either. That pond had great pike, bass and panfish now it only has bullheads.

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5/30/15 @ 9:21 AM
TheBigMarmooska
TheBigMarmooska
USER since 6/13/09
In our subdivision there is a pond that a few years ago was loaded with crayfish. When you would walk up to the water you could see multiple crayfish swimming away from the edge. Once or twice a year, a few days before a big family fish fry I would throw my 2 crayfish traps in, and catch around 50-60 crayfish in a matter of two days.

The past two years or so, the crayfish have literally disappeared. I think I tried the traps two years ago, and caught one small one in two days. Last year I didn't bother setting the traps out.

What may have caused the steep decline? Pollution? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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5/28/14 @ 6:18 PM
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"I Got One"
USER since 9/1/10

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80º F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
Had my first set of the year out two days ago 4 traps. Had them on a 18hr soak with about 20+ bugs in each shallow was the best, fresh gills for bait. Have around 100 not the best numbers as in yrs past but much better size, just good to have some in the traps and have a delicious pre dinner snack.

Good luck to all.... IG1

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8/8/13 @ 9:34 AM
Quackills
Quackills
USER since 6/2/11
When the water hits the low 60's upper 50's is when I call it a season. When the water cools off they start sliding deep looking for warmer water. You will be fine well into sept.

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8/8/13 @ 8:35 AM
mrbrowns
mrbrowns
USER since 1/21/11
Just curious when everyone else shuts trapping down for the season. I trapped a lake in northern Wis last summer sometime in August and the crayfish shells were so hard I couldn't even break the pinchers, which were huge at that time. Thinking about running a line this weekend but don't want to bother if it is too late. Any input appreciated.

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8/2/13 @ 12:47 PM
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Trapper Jed
Trapper Jed
USER since 3/7/11
Hay guys I know it's hard to check every one, but watch for the native crawfish when you check your traps and try to release them. There few and far between now a days but anything to help out the native spiecies is good. Go ahead and eat all the rustys there bigger anyways.

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8/2/13 @ 8:52 AM
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"I Got One"
USER since 9/1/10

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Set two days my 4 home made traps, on a 23hr and 20hr soak had around a 25+avg made it home with over 200bugs. Used fresh bluegill for bait.

Good luck and good fishing!!! IG1....

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6/16/13 @ 9:36 AM
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HARLEYVROD
HARLEYVROD
USER since 7/26/07
Got these out of Lake Metonga Friday night. eight hour soak.

Crayfishing Photo
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6/15/13 @ 10:18 PM
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outdoorbradley
outdoorbradley
USER since 5/19/13
a buddy of mine set a couple of traps last night and checked after 20's hours soak and caught only two small fish. wonder if water still too cold or something? he set at fox river. maybe at southern part of wisconsin begin catching crayfish? like kenosha, racine, walworth or something?

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