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#11536960 - 04/12/16 11:57 AM Crawfish Trap help lewisville
acbrown1977 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/16
Posts: 67
Got bored and built 3 crawfish traps to try something new!
Now all I have to do is find somewhere to put em.
Any suggestions off lewisville near the colony?

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#11537136 - 04/12/16 12:42 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
acbrown1977 Offline
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I see its got lots of views....
Any advice is awesome.. even if its from a different area, it will let me learn how Texas mudbugs go about stuff compared to Florida ones...

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#11537732 - 04/12/16 03:40 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
kdub#1 Offline
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Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 1095
Loc: Dfdub
IDK squat about catching them. My buddy in east tx traps them. He puts the traps in shallow flooded bottoms. 1-2 ft or so. He uses fish carcasses as bait. He was actually using a minnow trap in order to catch the smaller ones for bait.
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#11537831 - 04/12/16 04:26 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
Coreywms Offline
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Loc: Mckinney, TX
In South Louisiana we would put traps in calm, shallow, muddy water.
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#11538049 - 04/12/16 05:50 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
mrdvant Offline
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Registered: 07/26/15
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I reach in and grab a few when I see them waving their claws above water. Other than that I have no idea. :p

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#11538105 - 04/12/16 06:25 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
acbrown1977 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/16
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thanks for the info guys!
Just got done fishing near the trail off lakeshore in the colony... good nbr of bass in there with some shad too

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#11538119 - 04/12/16 06:31 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
Busster Offline
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Registered: 04/05/16
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We used to use minnow traps and put dead or barely alive minnows in it. Shallow water. Next day it would have a bunch in it.

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#11538134 - 04/12/16 06:35 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
MrNovice Offline
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Registered: 02/16/16
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Just tie some bacon on a string and yank those mudbugs outta the water.
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#11538918 - 04/13/16 12:54 AM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: MrNovice]
Fisherman13 Offline
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Loc: Lake Lavon
Originally Posted By: MrNovice
Just tie some bacon on a string and yank those mudbugs outta the water.


Thats what we used to do in the creeks when we were kids. Bacon or ham on a string. Probably put some in your traps for bait.
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#11538953 - 04/13/16 06:02 AM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: Fisherman13]
YAKaddict Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Loc: Plano
Originally Posted By: Fisherman13
Originally Posted By: MrNovice
Just tie some bacon on a string and yank those mudbugs outta the water.


Thats what we used to do in the creeks when we were kids. Bacon or ham on a string. Probably put some in your traps for bait.

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#11539635 - 04/13/16 10:11 AM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
JJ4MEL Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 958
Loc: McKinney, TX
I have a local pond I will go to at night and catch about a dozen in 30 minutes. I use a dip net or my hand. I would check on the bylaws for setting traps in a local/city pond unless you plan on sticking around and not leaving it for a period of time.

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#11539891 - 04/13/16 11:37 AM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
acbrown1977 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/16
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Ive checked and the only regs I can find on the fish n game site is for minnow traps.
Called a warden to double check before setting them but havent heard back yet. I'll let yeh know what I find out after speaking to a warden.

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#11540379 - 04/13/16 03:02 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
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Are you catching these to use for bait or eating them?

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#11541497 - 04/13/16 11:24 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
1Tacklehoarder Offline
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Registered: 02/14/16
Posts: 72
Loc: Couple miles west of College S...
Waterways and creeks often run in behind shopping centers or through neighborhoods. If you can find some spots with heavy brush/snags or rock those types of places usually hold crawdads. I don't know if you have any farmland close by, but the silty drainage ditches that run through wheat fields and such are usually my favorite spots. Look for the tell-tale chimneys they make in the mud. I use whole bluegill in my traps, filleted down to the tail on both sides, but still all attached. To tie bait in my traps I use single strand coated copper wire. Most of the time I just use a dip net with fine mesh, especially in agricultural drainage ditches. The part of the net that drags bottom all the time wears out quickly, so I sew on some double thick denim or something on the frame of the net to protect it. I sew it on with braided fishing line that I save when respooling. Hope this helps! Good luck!
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#11541498 - 04/13/16 11:26 PM Re: Crawfish Trap help lewisville [Re: acbrown1977]
1Tacklehoarder Offline
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Registered: 02/14/16
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Loc: Couple miles west of College S...
Oh, and I mainly use the $4.99 minnow traps from Academy
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