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Jmd123January 17th, 2013, 8:27 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2385
Matt, when I was a kid growing up downstate, I used to explore a creek that ran not too far from my folks' place (It's still there but of course it's changed lots in 40 years). It was a fun place to explore as a kid, plus a great source of live bait, minnows and crayfish in particular. One day I was doing something in there and suddenly noticed a great big crayfish with bright blue claws backing away from the shoreline into the water. I swore at the time that it was 6" long but might have been more like the 4 1/2" you describe. I reached down and grabbed the critter and discovered it was a big femaile with perhaps hundreds of tiny baby crayfish clinging to her swimmerets, much like a mama wolf spider will carry her babies on her back (male waterbugs will carry eggs on their backs, etc. - invertebrate parental care!). I dropped her back in the creek and she disappeared.

BTW folks, since so many of us are invertebrate people, did you know that there are over 300 species of crayfish in the United States, and that they come in every color of the rainbow, including colorless and eyeless species that live in caves? It's a neat bunch of creatures, and there are some species that are indicators of high water quality. They're also a lot of fun to keep in aquaria, with one caveat - if you don't give them a secure hiding place when they shed their exoskeletons, they get EATEN by anything else in the tank!!!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchJanuary 17th, 2013, 9:24 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2519
Well now that this thread is totally off kilter I'll add to the crayfish saga by saying that I've heard that the Susquehanna River indigenous crayfish population is in dire straits due to the accidental/on purpose planting of the Killer Crayfish! I don't remember where I saw this but this invasive crayfish breeds far more prolificly than our resident species and it takes over the environment of the existing crayfish. I think I saw some thing about this in a PFBC magazine.

I found the link;

http://www.srbc.net/stateofsusq/documents/InvasiveCrayfishFeatureArticle.PDF
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
EntomanJanuary 17th, 2013, 10:09 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Nice hijack, guys. Expertly done... I keep checking the new posts hoping to read more discussion about hatches. At least the last few haven't stimulated my appetite, which is something I could certainly do without following the holidays!:)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
Jmd123January 18th, 2013, 1:34 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2385
C'mon Kurt, get that garlic butter warmed up and break out the Old Bay seasoning...we talkin' crawdaddies!

I didn't check the link yet Matt, but we have rusty crayfish here in the Great Lakes that have invaded and taken over the crayfish population in some areas. In my minnow traps set to capture fish for my aquarium in the lower Au Sable, all I caught is rusty crayfish, no other species. They can be easily recognized by the rusty spot on their sides.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
EntomanJanuary 18th, 2013, 2:03 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
...Old Bay seasoning...

Now that's dirty pool, Jonathon. In my youth, we lived in a house on the banks of the Sacramento for several years. In those days the anadromous fish runs were still pretty healthy. We fished off the boat dock all the time and were always bringing in catfish and the occasional steelhead or striper to filet. A crawdad trap was always hanging off the back of the dock to catch grill compliments for the fish. Crawdad tails sprinkled liberally with Old Bay and a little kosher salt and grilled to perfection... Drizzled with garlic butter sauce while resting on sourdough so fresh it's still warm before it's lightly toasted... Thick striper fillets, corn on the cob, perhaps some asparagus grilled in a pepper garlic sauce. Mmmm...

It's not right for you to conjure such images. I've got ten pounds to lose to be in fighting trim before the season begins!!:)LOL
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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