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Freshwater crab #12831513
07/17/18 05:40 PM
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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.

Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12831608
07/17/18 07:12 PM
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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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Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12832256
07/18/18 03:10 AM
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Granbury too. Look like the crabs you see at night on the beach.

Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12832262
07/18/18 03:13 AM
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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

Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12841382
07/25/18 04:59 PM
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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?


Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12841899
07/25/18 11:03 PM
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Put up the craw baits and break out your crab baits!!!


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Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12843126
07/26/18 09:18 PM
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Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12843841
07/27/18 01:20 PM
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yup


Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12849675
08/01/18 05:15 PM
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Holy moly - Wiki says there's about 1,300 species of them!

Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12857127
08/08/18 03:13 AM
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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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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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Re: Freshwater crab [Re: wh2004] #12902489
09/17/18 08:23 PM
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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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