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Old 06-30-2003, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default Crawdad bait?

Ive tried the chicken wing, and the can of cat/dog food with holes in it...bacon too. All with mixed results (hit or miss)

Who uses what for crawdad bait? and hows your catch? Any secret recipes out there?

Also, Ive never really studied what types of water are better than others...fast? slow? shallow? deep? East coast they are hard NOT to catch. Heres a different story sometimes.

Thanks in advance. (keta) :grin:

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Old 06-30-2003, 02:46 PM   #2
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Fish scraps.
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Old 06-30-2003, 02:48 PM   #3
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last time out was last summer at Diamond lake. My son started seeing dads in the rocks so we gave it a go with a trap i had brought along. bacon and ham were that baits we used. we had enough to enjoy a meal for 2.
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Old 06-30-2003, 02:49 PM   #4
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Liver has worked good, I don't see why shad would not be great.
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Old 06-30-2003, 02:56 PM   #5
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Old fish parts.... heads, everything left over after cutting filets.

Rocky areas have always produced the best for me, weather it be deep or shallow.

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Old 06-30-2003, 02:56 PM   #6
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we used to use fish pieces or chicken liver. We'd put our traps out overnight and pull them in the morning. I think the first thing you need to do is make sure there are crawdads where you're trapping. If they're around you should get into them.
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Old 06-30-2003, 02:58 PM   #7
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I use live Sand Shrimp from Tillamook Bait Shop!

Crawdad Bait! sand shrimp!


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Old 06-30-2003, 02:58 PM   #8
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Shad is a killer. Fish guts, bacon, salmon eggs (old ones!)

The trick is putting the trap where there are crawdads!
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:02 PM   #9
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Bacon, Bacon, Bacon....
And More BACON!!! Have used it for years. Be sure to weight it though as it floats otherwise.
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:07 PM   #10
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canned Tuna packed in oil. Nothing more nothing less. Everthing you guys listed works good but this is magic. They love the smell
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:09 PM   #11
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Canned Tuna in oil. All the other stuff works good but this is like nose candy to the dads...
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:16 PM   #12
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when i was a kid, it was always bacon or fatty chicken pieces.

as for trap placement, i haven't done any crawdading up here (but i'm going to start once i get done revamping the drifter) so this is assumption: little, if any, current. while these guys can move quite fast when they want to, for the most part they crawl around pretty slowly. any current will make it difficult for them to negotiate their way into the trap. i don't think they really have much of a preference for rocks or mud on the bottom. i'd also say that 20' is the maximum depth (although i could easily be wrong on this). if you're trying to figure out where to drop your trap, think about where their food sources are. really deep water tends to have very little food available. too shallow and water temp becomes a problem (for various reasons).

can't wait to have me a good ol' fashioned crawdad boil!! MMMM MMMM!!
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:26 PM   #13
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Try an ear of corn. I know that it sounds strange, but it has worked for me in the past...
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:30 PM   #14
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Trout. Don't ask me how I know this. :depressed:
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:32 PM   #15
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Corn on the cobb and melon rind. the bet part is they clean the little buggers out.

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Old 06-30-2003, 04:56 PM   #16
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Shad is the ultimate. I have talked with commercial crawfishers and that was their first choice. Areas best for catching the little rascals is structure whether its rock, stumps or debris. They need the cover to keep from gettin' ate. Its also been my expeience that you will do better soaking your pots overnight rather than during the daylight hours.
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Old 06-30-2003, 05:08 PM   #17
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Don't laugh......Oatmeal. Seriously, fix quaker oatmeal extra thick and pour it into those little metal boxes that tea comes in. Let it set up and poke a bunch of holes in the can with a nail. As far as locations, you can't beat Timothy lake.
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Old 06-30-2003, 05:47 PM   #18
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Cat food in Billy Chinook... use to fill the trap. It was amazing the # of daddies.
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Old 06-30-2003, 05:58 PM   #19
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Thats nice Gus and if we consider them a fish you will have something nice to post. I would sure love {cousin love** to see some pics of your catch next time your out.
ps Gramps used cat food in the Willie around Wilsonville and he was the crawfish king.
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Old 06-30-2003, 06:31 PM   #20
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Sand shrimp and beef liver has worked well for me
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Old 06-30-2003, 07:09 PM   #21
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Shad of course, but Bologna was cheap and worked when we were kids. Probably as much as steak bait now. :grin:
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Old 06-30-2003, 08:51 PM   #22
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We had excellent results with various livers but I'll bet any carcass would suffice. I think finding the concentrations of them is the key. They are also more active at night.
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Old 06-30-2003, 10:37 PM   #23
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Ive got quite a shopping list. I think I will start with the things I am willing to eat myself if the 'dads dont accept my offering. My mouth is watering at the thought of some good ole cajun 'dads.

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Old 07-01-2003, 03:10 PM   #24
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I have had excellent luck in the Trask river using canned cat food in fairly slow and deep water.
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Old 07-02-2003, 12:46 AM   #25
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Fish scraps, salmon works great. When I clean my salmon I cut up the bones, skin, gills, etc. into single bait size chunks. Then I put them in sandwich baggies with a twist tie, lay them out on a cookie tray (not the wifes best) otherwise , and freeze them. Then I vacuum pack 30-40 baits and they last a long time. So in the morning when you go out and check the traps, just grab a frozen bait baggie rip off the bag and walla, easy to handle frozen baits [img]graemlins/idea.gif[/img] . I have somewhere between 300-400 dads in the live trap now. These were all caught off the house (on the Columbia) in about 15' of water over the last couple of weeks, and were having a dad-down Thursday night to kick off the holiday weekend. Yumm Yumm Yumm.
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