February 23, 2010 at 3:05pm
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.