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Catching Crawfish?

I am interested in catching some crawfish to try them as bait. Thing is I have no clue how to or where to look for them. I live in the Central part of the state.

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any creek or river look for them in the rocks.  They come out of hiding right before dark.  They are easy to spot with a flashlight after dark.  The small ones make better bait than the big ones.  If you use the bigger ones, rip the claws off of them first.  Give me a more specific location of where you are at and I might have some more specific details of where to go.  I know there are tons of them below the Jamestown Res Dam.

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Thanks.
I live in Bismarck

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spiritwood lake north of jamestown go to sandy beach after dark flashlight and a five gallon bucket just walk around and shine in the water i used to catch hundreds of them there

 

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I'll have to keep those places in mind.  I live in Jamestown.

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get a little net and a flashlight and at night go out to the lake's shore by some rocks ; because at night they like to move shallower under some cover(under a rock), but what you want to do is move the rock slowly and they will just be sitting under the rock. when you go to net them out it behind them because they will shoot themselves backwards. it tough.

 

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I use a minnow trap, square or tube type. Chicken livers or any spoiled meat works for bait, toss it out around rocks or other habitat., give it a couple days and check it. You can also look for signs of them in the mud along the shoreline, they leave those dirt mounds similar to earthworms or crawlers when the burrow into the mud.

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I use to catch them to eat.  A place that we always went was Lake Van Oosting near Hensler.  Very large crayfish there.  Arroda Lakes near there also has a bunch.  The best way to catch them is to tie a smelt to a line with a weight so that it sits on the bottom.  Keep it out there for awhile and slowly real back in.  They usually stay attached so that you can pick them up out of the water and dump into a bucket.  Dark hours work best but you can catch them during the day at both of these lakes.  Trying to catch by hand is very difficult, even with a net.  I haven't found a place close to Bismarck to catch them but I'm sure they are around.  You need areas with rocks and vegitation.  You may find them in shallow areas of the Heart River and possibly that new dam north of Mandan.  One other place you may find them is in the upper, shallow stretch of Burnt Creek.  I don't know about access but you could launch a canoe at the boat landing.

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Sportsman Said:
.  The small ones make better bait than the big ones.  If you use the bigger ones, rip the claws off of them first.

  Sportsman , Do  you  catch many  Walleyes on crawfish ?    I have never tried them but I cleaned  a couple Northerns from  metigoshe last summer that were full of them.   

 

 

 

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rhino76 Said:
I'll have to keep those places in mind.  I live in Jamestown.

Why, you and bckhntr planning on expanding your culinary expertise?  I can see it now, the new Jamestown turf and surf.  Porcupine and crawdads. 

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Allen Said:

Why, you and bckhntr planning on expanding your culinary expertise?  I can see it now, the new Jamestown turf and surf.  Porcupine and crawdads. 

Both are excellent eating.

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