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The Crayfish Thread - The Undeadliest Catch

4/27/12 @ 11:05 AM
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BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01
A local grocery store was selling frozen packages of peeled crayfish tails last week so I picked up a couple of pounds and added them to my favorite cajun recipe given to me by my southern friend. It's called sauce picante (Troy made it with alligator on Swamp People in season 1). It was delicious and I want more!

As part of the adventure of being up north this summer at the cabin, I got three crayfish traps. I have been researching good locations and bait to use which are rocky shorelines and rock piles and fresh dead fish such as perch or walleye heads and entrails. They apparently are more active at night so we're going to "set pots" after supper, check them once before we go to bed and again in the morning. It should be fun, especially for my 12 year old son.

I'm headed up to get things ready for the opener tonight and plan to do a trial run. It might be a little slow yet with the water temps but I'll post the outcome next week. In the meantime, please share any experiences or tips you have on this subject, The Undeadliest Catch.

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5/21/13 @ 8:57 PM
candr1
User since 11/22/09
Came across a trap while fishing last weekend. Lots of rusty crayfish in it. Thought that would be a good past time to trap a few and help rid the lake - for what its worth. I assume you can eat rusty crayfish - same as any? Or is there a difference between different types of crayfish? Any special way to cook and eat them?

7/28/12 @ 7:52 AM
madcelt
User since 3/13/02
Hold the damn phone! Crayfish pearls? Really cds? I think that I just found my next business opportunity.

7/24/12 @ 12:58 AM
fuzzygrub57
User since 6/25/12
Never heard of them.Where in the crayfish can they be found?

7/23/12 @ 7:21 PM
crankbait
crankbait
User since 6/20/01
Do you have to cook them before you freeze them?

7/18/12 @ 7:05 PM
4lbcrappies
User since 3/15/07
nick, yes yo can freeze them that way. I do it all the time. or you can vaccum seal them, with no water

7/18/12 @ 12:38 PM
niklaus7
niklaus7
User since 5/9/02
any idea how to store these for eating? we're having a Cajun party next summer and i want to catch some for this. would i just put in a bag, fill with water, and freeze like i do fish fillets?

5/3/12 @ 3:41 PM
youngbuck1
User since 8/1/11
Are Crayfish safe to eat from all of Wisconsins waters? Don't they have high Mercury Levels?

5/3/12 @ 3:26 PM
Mr.Bass1984
Mr.Bass1984
User since 6/12/10
This may sound stupid, but I catch them all the time in southern illinois in the middle of my buddies yard when it rains heavy. I don't know where they come from, but its the craziest thing I've ever seen. Went out one night to get some night crawlers only to see hundreds of crawdads and big mud leaches all over the place.

5/3/12 @ 7:36 AM
Gimper
User since 11/27/01
I grew up on the little chain of lakes just North and West of your place. We would trap a few times a summer. One thing you might want to consider is letting the little buggers sit in a bucket for a day or two, changing the water a few times, to let them clean themselves out before cooking them up. We had a big wash tub our mother wasn't too happy about lending to us for this. Often times we would sneak it. This really did improve the taste of the crayfish, tho.

Straight up boiled with drawn butter.

4/30/12 @ 12:07 PM
huntfish
User since 6/16/03
probably too cold yet for good results

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