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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

It's already October of 2014, and time for football, and maybe some crawfish? It was a long, cold Winter along the Gulf Coast. We even had snow on January 23 in Beaumont, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Slidell and into Mississippi. Crawfish ponds were frozen. 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.

Then, on January 28, 2014, south Louisiana witnessed another winter storm, with ice and snow. The temperature dipped to 21 degrees in places like Baton Rouge.

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)

Craig Lutz, an LSU AgCenter professor and aquaculture specialist said on January 29 "People may have to order ahead even at the peak of the season. I think that when we get to Mardi Gras and Easter, we’re definitely going to be behind what we would be in a normal season. There’ll still be crawfish available.”

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. 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.

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.

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.

We are enjoying the 2014 crawfish season, and have enjoyed boiling and eating these 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!

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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