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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Homemade Crawdad Traps

These crawdad (crawfish) traps are easy to make and easy to use.

I make mine light enough for me to toss out into the water .....without me going in head first with them. :)

The frames are made from rebar and then I cover them with hardware cloth or rabbit wire.
I use stainless steel wire to attach the hardware cloth to the frame.

There are wire handles on each end of the trap. Attached to one handle is a long rope.... I tie the rope to a rod or large stick.
I bait the trap, toss it into the water and plant the rod (with the rope attached) into the ground.
When ready to check the trap, I pull it in with the rope.










The crawdads climb into the cones, drop down into the bottom of the trap to get to the bait...then they can't get back out.





Here is my largest one. It's about 3 1/2' x 2'...almost too much for me to handle. lol

You can make them any size you need.

I use these traps for crawdads in the spring and to harvest my shrimp in the fall. They work great!

16 comments:

Chris said...

Debating on whether or not to show this to my 9 y/o boy.

cowgirl said...

Shoot Chris, I bet he would love it!
If you make one, keep me posted on how many you catch. :)

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

Sounds pretty easy to catch the crawdads and shrimp Jeanie. Looks like you did a fine job of building the traps.

cowgirl said...

Thanks Mark! They take time to make but they last.
I made that long one a bit too big. lol It's almost knocked me into the water on more than one occasion.
They work really well. :)

AMorgan said...

Jeanie, what are you using for bait, chicken necks?

cowgirl said...

Hi AMorgan,
I do use chicken necks and parts. When I clean a chicken, I keep the scraps (that I am not going to use as food) in baggies in my freezer, then use them for bait in my traps.

dadofsix said...

Your traps look great! How did you form the cones?

cowgirl said...

Thank you Dadofsix,
I cut the holes in the box first, then used a piece of paper to make a practice cone...making sure it would fit.
Then used the paper template to cut the hardware cloth...I formed my cone and "stitched" it together using stainless wire.
I think small hog rings would work fine but it would take a lot of them to keep the cone snug with no gaps.


Hope this helps Dadofsix, let me know if I didn't explain it well. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cowgirl!

RMR here from the BBQ forum. I was worried that I would never have the opportunity to farm shrimp in life....

We bought a house on the Banana River (lagoon)and I put a shrimp trap out off the seawall. I caught 4 dozen the first night!

I made a standard shrimp trap out of galvanized, but would be interested in making them out of stainless like you.

Where are you getting the stainless wire??

Thanks,
Ray

cowgirl said...

Hi Ray, it's good to see you! :)

I'm so happy to hear you got moved and are catching shrimp! How wonderful! :)
My cage is made from the galvanized hardware cloth, but I use the stainless wire to "stitch" the cloth to the frame and to hold the cones together.
I get the stainless wire at my local hardware store. It comes in rolls or spools.
If you have trouble finding some, let me know I might be able to mail some to you.

You have it made Ray... catching your own shrimp in the wild would be so much fun! :)

take care,
jeanie

Anonymous said...

Hi Cowgirl;
Your missing the best fun in crawdad hunting. Take some half tanked men out to shallow water at night with some coleman lanterns and teach them to catch them by hand. Makes for hilarious entertainment!

Amy
ag4hh@arkansas.net

cowgirl said...

LOL Amy, That so8unds like fun! Thanks!!

Dan said...

Hi
we love you site here min N. Idaho ! Where do you buy your shrimp to grow?
Thanks again for all your work on the site
Peppereater

cowgirl said...

Hi Dan, Thank you! :)
I get mine in Texas but there are other locations.
The Mississippi State site has a list of sources...
http://msucares.com/aquaculture/prawns/index.html
There might be sources closer to you too.
The longer the growing weather you have, the bigger the shrimp will grow. I am able to put them in the pond the end of May and usually harvest until the middle of October when the weather lets me.
Hope you have great luck with them!
Thanks for checking out my blog! :)

rufusbob said...

Hi Cowgirl!
We just moved from Fla to Yakima Wa! Folks there never heard of eating crawdads, only using them for bait. The streams are full of them. Going to use your instructions, make som traps and have a boil! Btw, when my sons were 4 & 6 we were camped on a stream in North Carolina that was full of the biggest ones I've ever seen. Told the boys I'd pay a dollar for each one. The screams could be heard for miles, their Mother would'nt talk to me for days and I never did have to pay any money. As revenge they now love to eat all they can find!

cowgirl said...

lol Rufusbob, great story!
Good luck with your traps. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by too.. it's nice to meet ya. :)