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crawfishing

watching some videos on crawfish boils and would like to try this year.
would make my own traps.
anyone know if there is size limit on traps?
opening sizes for entrance?
seasons or limits on craw fish?
tags or labels on traps if unattended?
time you are allowed to let soak?
and after catch,best way to transport to keep them alive?
any helpful input would be gratefully appreciated.
any certain time of year best for trapping?

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<span style="font-weight: bold"> FISHBAIT includes crayfish, crabs, and the nymphs, larvae and pupae of all insects spending any part of their life cycle in the water. l For all crayfish species, the head must be immediately removed behind the eyes upon capture unless used as bait in the water from which taken. SEASON, SIZE, LIMIT: No closed season (except as noted below) and no minimum size. The daily limit and possession limit is 50 combined species. When purchasing bait, be sure to obtain and keep the sales slip or receipt. The receipt authorizes the possession of the fishbait or baitfish so purchased for a period of 15 days after its date of issue. Fishbait or baitfish purchased from a licensed dealer do not have a possession limit and do not count toward your daily limit of fishbait and baitfish taken from Commonwealth waterways. Approved trout waters are closed for taking fishbait and baitfish from March 1 to the opening day of trout season. Most specially regulated trout waters are closed to taking fishbait and baitfish at all times. TAkING AND kEEPING BAIT is permitted using rod and reel or handline, dip net or minnow seine not over 4 feet square or in diameter, or a minnow trap with no more than two openings that shall not exceed 1 inch in diameter. All devices must be under the immediate control of the person using them. Unattended minnow traps or baitfish containers left in Commonwealth waters must be identified with the ownerís or userís name, address and telephone number. If fishing in a group and the total number of fishbait or baitfish taken exceeds the possession limit (50), separate containers must be provided for the fishbait and baitfish. Total possession limit in any one container

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Re: crawfishing

If using crayfish it is illegal to transport them alive to a new waterway. I realize though that most people want to fish them alive and are going to transport them anyhow......SOOOO, it is very important that you do not release any alive into the waterway you're fishing them. There are several different species of crawfish in PA as well as invasive ones. A normal person isn't going to be able to tell the difference. You dont want to be the person that relocated a bad species to your favorite trout stream. Kill whats left of let them go where you caught them.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2015, 12:03 PM
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Re: crawfishing

He wants to eat them not transport them

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Oh lol!!!!!!!!
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Re: crawfishing

This is one species that I find so much easier to just go buy them. You'll put in a lot of time to get little reward.

Joe's Crab Shack also serves them too
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Re: crawfishing

thanks guys

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Re: crawfishing

The species you see at restraunts are not found in PA. Youre local walmart likely has the ones you want.
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Re: crawfishing

Thanks for the reminder; I had forgotten all about that. I used to catch them with a sein and fish with them only in French Creek south of Meadville. That was 40+ years ago and I still remember how my forearms hurt from that seining, but it was good training and the bass fishing with the crabs was great.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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