Originally posted by: brookdale on 1/23/2007 1:55:35 AM
Crayfish, crawdads, mud bugs, those fresh water crustations.
In this state any fresh water is most likely going to sport crawdads.
Lakes usually have them, but your best bet is running fresh water.
You will find some large ones in fast running water, but the problem is being able to see them.
I used to get the rind from a slab of bacon, and just below some rapids in water well under knee deep I would pin the rind under a rock large enough to hold the rind in place.
This is a good time to set your line and drown a worm out in the deep pool, set the pole on a forked stake, and fish a can of something from the water.
Give the crawdads some time to start coming, it takes time for them to make their way, and when you cant see the rind any more, take a basket with you and slowly and with as little clomping around the place, work yourself towards the rind, as you go collect what crawdads you find along the way, the trick is to work against the current, they can't swim ito the current well at all, so it is make a run for it right into your hand.
It is a lot of fun getting crawdads, especially right at the rind as there will be hundreds of them, and it takes a few tricks to get them without spooking all of the others away.
Good luck, have fun and play safely.