Good luck all IG1...
So, I'm setting my sights elsewhere. I have a couple of lakes with high numbers of rustys within a half hour of our place. I'd like to try them and fall would be a good time since it's getting darker earlier. My biggest concern is water temp. Since they're cold blooded, do they start to go dormant in September and October or are they still fairly active?
Also, what are you all using for tags on your traps? I have my name and addy on the markers and had a piece of zip tie on the traps but the "permanent" marker fades pretty fast on the plastic.
71° - 75° F
81° - 88° F
Thanks guys for all the info..
Good luck and go get'em... IG1..
The link and info below should answer your questions live crawdads and fishing poles in same boat are not legal. Frozen tails and poles in boat are.
Season: Wisconsin/Minnesota Boundary Waters - May 1 to the following March 1 Remainder of State - Continuous open season. u No person may possess live crayfish and angling equipment simultaneously on any water except the Mississippi River, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer’s Harbor, and the Fox River from its mouth up to De Pere Dam. u Must possess a valid fishing license or small game license, except persons under the age of 16 do not need a license. Crayfish traps placed in trout streams shall conform to the dimensions of minnow traps. See Nets and Traps for Minnows (page 14) 17 Spearing and Netting Regulations 2012-2013 Crayfish scoops may be used in the Wisconsin/Minnesota boundary waters provided the scoops do not exceed 4 feet in length, 3 feet in width and 18 inches in depth attached to a handle not to exceed 4 feet in length. Crayfish may be taken in all waters by the following means only: By hand, by use of minnow seines and minnow dip nets, where the same are permitted for the taking of minnows, and by crayfish traps (other than in trout streams) with the entrance to the trap not to exceed 2-1/2 inches at the greatest diagonal measurement. Traps must bear the name and address of the owner and must be raised and emptied at least once each day following the day set. Parts of fish and fish by-products including fish meal or prepared parts of such fish may not be used for bait unless: the fish were caught from the water being trapped, were obtained from a bait dealer, or were used with written authorization from the WDNR. Other meats (e.g., chicken and beef livers) may be used for bait for crayfish. Floats or markers used to locate traps 1) may not exceed 5 inches in size, 2) may not extend more than 4 inches above the water surface, 3) must clearly display the name and address (in the English language) of the owner or operator, and 4) must not be orange or any other fluorescent color.TextWisconsin Crayfish REGULATIONS