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Live, juicy Crawfish ... a Southern delicacy!
Live, juicy Crawfish ... a Southern delicacy!
(Photograph by the author)

Some folks call 'em crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Louisiana they are simply CRAWFISH, whether they are basin crawfish, spillway crawfish, or pond crawfish.

We've been catching crawfish all our life, and love the Louisiana and Gulf Coast tradition of a long, leisurely crawfish boil in spring! Our ancestors are all of Cajun or French descent, and our family roots are from the Bayou Lafourche area and nearby towns of Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Plattenville and Labadieville. We are a blend of Boudreaux, Fremin, Gautreaux, Thibodeaux, Prejean, and Bourg.

Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans. Louisiana has more than thirty different species of crawfish, but only two species are commercially important to the industry: the red swamp crawfish and the white river crawfish.

Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins.

Crawfish Season & the Crawfish Outlook

Crawfish season varies from one year to the next, based on how cold (or mild) the weather was during the Gulf Coast winter. It also depends on the amount of rain, and the water levels in the swamps and bayous.

Generally, the crawfish season in Louisiana runs from mid-January through early-July for crawfish caught in the wild, with the peak months being March, April and May. Crawfish from farms are available over a longer period of the year.

Hot boiled crawfish ... enjoy them in Louisiana, or have crawfish shipped live to anywhere in the USA!
Hot, boiled Crawfish ... enjoy them in Louisiana, or have them shipped live nationwide to your home!
(Photograph by the author)

In some years, such as 2011, high water levels in the Mississippi River, Red River and Atchafalaya River impact the timing, and overall production, of the season.

2014 featured an extremely cold winter which affected crawfish harvests. The unseasonably cold weather drove the crawfish deep, and they stopped feeding and entering crawfish traps. When the water temperature is below 50 degrees, crawfish stay dormant under dead plants at the bottom of ponds and swamps, not scavaging for food, and not growing.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the 2014 crawfish season, and boiled those tasty crustaceans several times. And there were some fun times at the crawfish festivals in Breaux Bridge, Chalmette, Houston, Mobile, Pensacola, Lake Charles, Shreveport and all along the coast. Actually, there are now crawfish festivals all over the country, from California to New Jersey!

It's already December of 2014, and time for football, holiday family gatherings, and maybe some crawfish?

For current day-to-day crawfish inventories and delivery availability, we recommend you contact one or more crawfish suppliers like those listed on our "Buying Crawfish" web page.

Now we are starting to look forward to the 2015 crawfish season!

The biggest single days for crawfish boils are always the Super Bowl, Easter Sunday and Mother's Day. Actually any day is good for crawfish ... we've been known to have crawfish at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Enjoy Our Website ... And Enjoy Eating Crawfish!

We invite you to explore our website, and learn more about where to buy crawfish, how to boil crawfish, some favorite Crawfish recipes, view our Crawfish Photo Gallery, and shop our Crawfish Store. We love crawfish!


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