Crawfish Hunting / River to Table

Emily DaFoe
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Bring your CRAWFISH BOIL to the next level by taking your kids on a crawfish fishing trip. Spend the day turning over rocks, swimming in the river, and enjoying the outdoors as your hunt for your night's meal. Nothing beats a crawfish boil than one that you and your kids have hunted. 



My 7 yr old daughter came up with this method, and it works so much better than using a hook or tying the meat to a piece of string. A hook can easily get snagged on tiny fingers, and tying a piece of meat to some line tends to fall off easily. Once you have completed your crawfish trap, place it under the ledge of the river's edge and then wait. The Crawfish will smell the meat and attach a claw to it while they eat. Slowly bring the line up, and before you bring it out of the water place your net under the Crawfish, then scoop your net up! Crawfish tend to swim backward, so make sure your net is under or behind them. 

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  • Stick

  • Twine

  • Small Rock

  • Scissors

  • Meat (hot dog, chicken, pork, steak, salami - any meat)

  • Small Hand Net

  • Plastic Fork



Attach your string to your plastic fork with a knot and then wrap your rock up snuggly against the fork, wrapping and knotting it frequently so that it stays in place. Your rock will act as a sinker.


Leave a few feet of string and then attached the other end to a stick (essentially this is your fishing rod). Pierce a piece of meat with your fork and you are now ready to set your line! We placed about 6 of these around the fishing hole and then poked the sticks into the ground, checking each line every 5 minutes. 

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  • Get a fishing license. In many states, a fishing license is required to catch Crawfish. However, once this license is acquired, you can catch as many Crawfish as you like, 365 days a year.

  • Look for Crawfish in freshwater lakes, ponds, and creeks. Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans and can be found in many bodies of water across the U.S.A. and in countries around the world. Most Crawfish prefer still or slow-moving water, with plenty of rocks and vegetation to provide cover. They are most likely to be found close to the bank, or in a deep hole of a river, pond or lake.

  • Crawfish are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night, especially in warmer waters or during the summer months. However, Crawfish can still be tempted by bait during the day, so catching them during daylight hours is not impossible.

  • Use open or closed traps. Traps are the best way to catch large quantities of Crawfish with relatively little effort. So if you want to feed your friends and family a crawfish feast, this is the way to go. We opted for hand fishing as it was extremely engaging and kept us entertained for hours.