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!
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.
2018 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.
The 2017 crawfish season was a great one, better than most. Warm weather in December of 2016 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.
October and November of 2017 featured warm weather in South Louisiana and Texas, with moderate rainfall in December. But colder weather in late December is having a negative effect on crawfish availability in early 2018.
We are monitoring reports from crawfish farmers, wholesalers, and markets, and are looking forward to the 2018 crawfish season!
2018 Crawfish Festivals
We are already excited about the great lineup of 2018 crawfish festivals in Louisiana in places like Breaux Bridge, Chalmette, Lake Charles, and Shreveport.
Many exciting Texas crawfish festivals are scheduled in 2018, 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.
Let's make plans to attend as many 2018 crawfish festivals as we can!
Crawfish in the News
You'll have to wait a little longer for crawfish season this year
A look at this year's crawfish season
Cold weather pauses crawfish season
Crawfish season suffers in deep freeze
Crawfish boils becoming tradition
2018 Gator by the Bay Performers Listed
What to do, and not to do, at your first crawfish boil
To Suck or Not Suck? The Controversial Crawfish Question
Enjoy Our Website ... And Enjoy Eating Crawfish!
The biggest single days for crawfish boils are 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!
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.
Ordering tips »
In Louisiana and the south, we celebrate the crawfish in a fun way: Festivals! Events in 2018 will 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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