We Love Crawfish!
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 IN THE NEWS|
Researchers must wait to see how 2016 floods affect crawfish season
How will recent floods in Louisiana affect the 2017 crawfish season?
7th Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival underway
Llano Crawfish Festival this weekend
Crawfish cookoff to benefit Hospice House
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.
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.
The 2016 crawfish season was a great one, better than most. Warm weather in December of 2015 produced an early crop of crawfish. The weather in the later part of December in South Louisiana featured weather in the low 80s which further encouraged crawfish growth and numbers.
In August of 2016 historic rates of rainfall spread across all of South Louisiana, from Baton Rouge to Lafayette and beyond. The impact of these floods on the 2017 crawfish season remains to be seen.
2017 Crawfish Festivals
We are already looking forward to the great lineup of 2017 crawfish festivals in Louisiana in places like Breaux Bridge, Chalmette, Lake Charles, and Shreveport. Many exciting Texas crawfish festivals are scheduled in 2017, from Kemah to Austin, from Fredericksburg to Pearland, and all over the Lone Star State.
And these days crawfish festivals are happening all across the USA, in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida ... and even New Jersey and San Diego!
The biggest single days for crawfish boils are always Super Bowl Sunday, 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 love crawfish!
Boiling crawfish is a Cajun tradition, an event and social gathering not to be rushed, but to be enjoyed with family and friends. Let's begin the "process"!
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If we don't have time to catch crawfish in the swamp, we shop at a local seafood market. And today we have the option of online ordering of live crawfish on the web.
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In Louisiana and the south, we celebrate the crawfish in a fun way: Festivals! These events encompass all the good things about Gulf Coast living: food, music and merriment!
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Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in Louisiana. Crawfish is a key ingredient in many Louisiana dishes such as etoufee, crawfish pie and gumbo.
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