Photo of live Louisiana Crawfish, ready to be purged … let the boil begin!
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!
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.
2019 Crawfish Season
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.
Lagniappe on the Bayou
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.
October and November of 2017 featured warm weather in South Louisiana and Texas, with moderate rainfall in December. But freezing temperatures in late December and mid-January had a negative effect on crawfish availability and size in early 2018. Production later increased to normal levels.
We are excited about the 2019 crawfish season which begins in late December of 2018!