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What is the best way to catch crayfish and what month will they be in the river?

Posted: 4/3/2014
Posted By: Naturalist


You can legally catch crayfish within Cleveland Metroparks as stated in the Ohio Fishing License guidelines.  One of the best methods is placing a net downstream of a large rock.  By turning over the rock the current will carry the crayfish into the net.  The best locations are in the Rocky River and the Chagrin River.  I would stay in the main river as there is a large number of non-native Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) and are easy to capture. They can be very abundant in the spring – summer months. Here is a website that has some more information   

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Thanks for the question!



5/27/2014 7:03:43 PM by Stephen W
You mention they are non-native...does this affect transport? Can I catch crawfish in the river during the week and take them up to the western basin for use as bait on the weekend?
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