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Crawfishing in the Atchafalaya Basin

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Thinking about taking to go devil out to the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin to catch some crawfish. Anyone have and tips/info that might help me out. Are the crawfish everywhere in the cypress and there better spots than others. Will prolly launch behind the levee in Patterson?
thanks guys
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june
wait till june and you will catch more than you can give away. Got some buddies in pierre part that are crawfishing and are not doing well right now. River is to high. When it starts falling hard in the april and may then thats when you will see the crawfish starting to bite
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wait
Baited 50 traps Friday< raised 15 yesterday, caught 4.......couple more could have myself a cocktail. The water is high and COLD.
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Cold Water
Your best bet right now is to find some fairly clear water to crawfish in. At this time of the year, the water temperature plays a big role in catching crawfish. The clearer the water the more sunlight penetrates it thus warming the water. Just don't get into the black water because there is no oxygen in that water and the crawfish will die if your traps are not long enough to stick out of the water. I would suggest launching in Belle River and running down the 16 inch canal. Anywhere between the second set of pilings and the 30 inch canal should have some good water. You may not catch alot of crawfish right now but you can bet that they'll bite in that area before they bite in the white water.
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gettin the crawfish fever!
thanks guys i kinda figured it was a little to early for the the spillyway esp. with all this cold weather we've been having. few more questions for you guys if you don't mind, is there a certain water dept i should be lookin for, and bait i've always used melt but i hear something about useing shad, and last but not least how and the hell do you navigate threw the swamp without getting lost i have a handheld GPS but i'm kinda scared that it wouldn't work with all those tall cypress. thanks a lot
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Wait a little longer !!
Cold Water right now - I looked at the gauge at Keelboat pass and the water tempature is 7.1C or 44.7F. Mississipoi water is real cold right now !!
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Crawfish
As for water depth, it really varies alot. Generally you want to crawfish in a depth that will allow you to manuever through the woods without too much trouble, but I've cought crawfish in 1' of water and I've caught crawfish in 10' of water. As for bait, It really depends on the time of year, remember crawfish are cold blooded and will eat alot more when the water is warm. fishing with a tough bait when the water is cold will work but the bait will rot before the crawfish eat it, when it rots it sometimes floats, and the crawfish loose interest in the bait and begin to look for ways out of your trap. The same thing happens when the water is warm, if you use something soft like shad, the crawfish will eat all of the bait and begin looking for ways out. My suggestion would be to use pogies, they seam to have just the right texture to work in most conditions. Also consider using some type of manufactured crawfish bait. This stuff is sold at all places that sell crawfish bait and is made by a number of different manufacturers Purina being one that comes to mind. Use this along with the pogies and you should do good.

As for navigating the swamps, they are made up of a network of sloughs and ridges that generally run north to south. Just keep track of which slough are ridge you're on and you should be fine. However, if you're still a little unsure, get a good map of the area or a GPS.
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