Crawdads, or crayfish, live in the shallow areas of freshwater ponds, streams and lakes. Crawdad fishing makes for a fun family outing and keeps kids busy trying to locate where the crawdads live. Once you've fished all the crawdads from their holes, it's time to cook them up and eat them. This also a great lesson for kids in food sources. Whether you catch the crawdads by hand with a net, use a fishing pole or lay a trap, this makes for a fun and exciting day of fishing a crawdad hole.
Items you will need
- Fish hook and line
- Fishing pole
- Fishing net
- Crawdad trap (optional)
- Bucket with water
Prepare the fishing rod with the line and hook. Have children use the fishing net to catch crawdads under the nearby rocks at the edge of the water.
Place the bait securely on the fishing hook. Use oily or greasy bait, such as dead fish, hot dogs or other meat. If you're using a crawdad trap, place the bait inside the trap and allow it to sink to the bottom of the fishing area. Collect the crawdads later in the day or the next morning.
Let the bait on the fishing pole drop to the muddy water where the crayfish live. Be patient as the crayfish locate the source of the bait and clamp on to the hook.
Pull the hook, with the crayfish attached, out of the water. Collect the crayfish you catch in a bucket with water.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear protective gloves before handling the crayfish. The pincers clasp on easily to fingers and may break the skin.
- Check with your local municipality to get a fishing license before going out to catch crayfish. Fishing without a license is illegal in some areas.
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