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Old 07-29-2016, 01:58 AM
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Anyone here pursue crayfish in Washington State and if so, it it pretty much the same as in other places, other than our waters being clearer and cleaner in most cases?
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What about fresh water shrimp, anyone know if there is any in the region?
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Anyone here pursue crayfish in Washington State and if so, it it pretty much the same as in other places, other than our waters being clearer and cleaner in most cases?
There are crawdads on the east and west side but I have never seen an abundance. I have caught just a couple by hand, no luck with a line. Actually I have limited out on fresh water fish much easier in California, they stock trout heavier. Though I did better with crappie, too. Steelhead are bigger here though.
Crab are easy to get and there are a lot still.
And squid off piers at night is popular though seasonal going south in the sound.
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Buy a pot dry dog food and cheap hotdogs for bait.plenty of times we had enough for a feed
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Its been a few years....(30), but I used to go get crawdads on North River in Grays Harbor County off of HW 101. We would fill a 5 gallon bucket and they would later find themselves in a pot on the stove.

We used a big ball of fishing line with a chicken back or salmon head tied in the center and give it a hour + in the water to get them munching.
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Had better luck with a trap than a line. They are out and about - in Eastern WA where I grew up they were more abundant....
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Lots of Crawdads up in my neck of the woods (near mount Baker area). I used a trap and fish guts as bait. Normally about 4"-6" long.
They seem to be super abundant in areas of lakes that they used as the logging storage areas back in the day. There is a lot of old bark and pieces of trees on the bottom of the lakes in those areas that make good homes for the little guys. So knowing the lake, and it's history, sure helps.
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Over in MINERAL wa, at the lake several years ago they got a permit to harvest sunken old growth logs that had been sitting on the bottom for 50 or more years when brought to the surface and lifted to load on trucks the crawdads just poured out of those logs.For some reason the crawdad population never really recovered.
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Don't forget the Geoduck clams!

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Sport fishing and clamming have been banned in WA.
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