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#12831513 - 07/17/18 12:40 PM Freshwater crab
wh2004 Offline
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Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 2372
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Kids found a crab under a rock at Hubbard Creek lake in Breckenridge the other day. I had never seen or heard of a freshwater crab before so I emailed a picture to TPWD. Received a prompt reply stating that their Abilene Fisheries department identified it as a Harris crab and they have been introduced into several lakes in my area including possum kingdom. I thought it was pretty interesting.

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#12831608 - 07/17/18 02:12 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Registered: 12/11/04
Posts: 25947
Loc: Weatherford
I've found the in a bunch of lakes out here.
Hubbard Creek, PK, Ivie, Texoma.

Interesting find, but not that uncommon.
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#12832256 - 07/17/18 10:10 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Registered: 08/22/07
Posts: 170
Granbury too. Look like the crabs you see at night on the beach.

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#12832262 - 07/17/18 10:13 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 7887
Loc: Albany
Hubbard Creek is full of them. With the lake low just turn over any large recently submerged tree limb or rock. Some get a little bigger than a silver dollar

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#12841382 - 07/25/18 11:59 AM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Registered: 04/16/09
Posts: 2185
Loc: Dallas, Tx
I'm wondering 2 things...

First, would they make good catfish bait? Crawfish and shrimp are great bait so I don't see why not.

Second, is it legal to use them for bait?
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#12841899 - 07/25/18 06:03 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Registered: 09/09/15
Posts: 36
Loc: Kaufman, TX
Put up the craw baits and break out your crab baits!!!
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#12843126 - 07/26/18 04:18 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Registered: 01/08/04
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Loc: Houston, TX, USA


Edited by Skavatar (07/26/18 04:19 PM)
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#12843841 - 07/27/18 08:20 AM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Registered: 04/16/09
Posts: 2185
Loc: Dallas, Tx
yup
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#12849675 - 08/01/18 12:15 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
DCmac Offline
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Registered: 08/02/12
Posts: 2276
Loc: SW Okla
Holy moly - Wiki says there's about 1,300 species of them!

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#12857127 - 08/07/18 10:13 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
Chuck72 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/16
Posts: 208
Loc: Robert Lee, Tx
A game warden told me they are impacting the crawdad populations, haven't seen any data to support that.
I actually throw a DOA crab with good success.
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#12892712 - 09/09/18 10:27 AM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
Tim Lambkin Offline
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Registered: 06/03/18
Posts: 10
Loc: Texas
I know for saltwater crabs are an impressive bait for both reds and specks so seems like Bass would be all over it!
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#12902489 - 09/17/18 03:23 PM Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004]
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Back when I used to bass fish someone was making a soft plastic crab bait. The bride bought me some and the bass in Conroe loved 'em.

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