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Crayfish / Crawfish in RI

cajuntoast Mar 31, 2008 11:27 AM

Anyone know where I can pick up some (uncooked) crawfish in Rhode Island? The closer to Providence, the better. Just got back from New Orleans with a package of crawfish boil and an appetite :)

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    rkstrat Jul 11, 2011 10:43 AM

    Sorry to say most craw fish these days come from China and they're tasteless.

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      Frank Terranova Jul 11, 2011 11:03 AM

      The ones we use from Lablanc's are La and Texas grown usually 13 to the pound 40 pounds is about $225.00 Like all craw fish they must be purged for 1 hour. A long time ago in a seafood competition I had to use Soft Shell Alive Crayfish that was a trip.

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        roro1831 Jul 11, 2011 05:06 PM

        You don't need to purge crawfish for an hour. Most places you get them from have already cleaned them.

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          Frank Terranova Jul 11, 2011 05:54 PM

          Most people purge them but even after there is some poo poo in the water turns a bit brown thats why they are called mudbugs. I only eat them a couple of times each year. If the students order them on their menus we suggest to purge them. Usually in just ice water some say salt water some say never its a cajun thing I would rather have a nice salty sweet lobster.

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      Frank Terranova Jul 10, 2011 09:23 AM

      Here is where we purchase them for our classes. Kyle LeBlanc Crawfish Farms Raceland LA. email is Kyle@crawdads.net The arrive Alive. They are expensive but well worth it for having them in RI once in a while.


      1. chefjohn Feb 18, 2011 06:29 AM

        I don't think you will find any alive for sale. I only find them cooked and frozen. Every year I think about ordering live crayfish from down south but the shipping charges always change my mind. If you do find some, please let me know.

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          Grendal Feb 25, 2011 09:32 PM

          I wish I had noticed the dates. Well Chefjohn, your best bet is to catch them yourself. Salmon heads, cod heads, trout heads, all make nice bait along with the guts. Best traps i've got are made by terry bullard. After they emerge from their clay burrows their pretty ravenous. Don't use chicken or anything like that.

          Don't use shad or herring, it's illegal to possess from what DEM told me years ago, not sure if that changed you must ask them. The trick, is, finding a place with crawfish where no one will steal your traps. I've had that happen, people swiping filled pots. Generally leave them 8 hours, though I've had pots full after 4-5 hours.

          The ones in bait stores......aren't ment for your consumption...and well sanitary isn't a word used when your talking fishing bait.

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            plastichotcakes Jul 9, 2011 02:48 PM

            This is half a year late, but hopefully you will see this, Grendal.

            I've been searching in vain to find a place to go crayfishing in Rhode Island. I see that you've written about how to catch them, but I'd like to know where. Do you have a few spots you could tell me about? (I found locations for almost every other state, just not Rhode Island....)

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              Grendal Jan 19, 2012 06:48 PM

              thats ok I am nearly a year late..... Crayfish are populated in nearly every pond, lake, river, stream, or creek, all around you. Populations of crawfish are growing at a alarming rate and Fish & Game Departments in all states are aware of the threat crawfish impose upon Game Fish in Rivers and Lakes. Any excess crawfish you catch should not be returned to any body of water, basically it is now the law in most states.

              Look for any areas which may provide cover for the crawfish such as rocks, roots, etc. These places not only provide cover for the crayfish but the algae which grows in these areas is also a food base for the crayfish. These areas also give the crayfish a good place to hide while hunting for fish fry and any other moving critter they can capture and eat alive. A general rule of thumb is night time. If you look about you can find some areas that are so over run that the traps are flooded at the first smell of bait.

              Any ponds that do not contain fish can hold monsterous populations of crayfish. Streams, rivers, and creeks, all have good cover and a great drawing area for crayfish. Any pools that have formed you want to place your crayfish trap on the lower half of the pool for stuffed traps.

              In ri we got 4 species of crawfish, according to dem. Though the last time I dicussed it with them was 4 years ago so there's probably tons more locations.

              White River Crawfish - in 43 locations
              Spinycheek Crayfish - in 11 locations
              Virile Crayfish - in 4 locations
              Common Crayfish/Appalachian Brook Crayfish - in 1 locations

              To my knowledge none of them are endangered you'd have to speak to dem....and I think we got rusty crays too...but not a cray expert. So pretty much, go nuts. Try all over.

              Also, if you go after 3, china buffet in east greenwich, has crawfish in the buffet.

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          Grendal Feb 16, 2011 04:26 PM

          I've never seen anywhere in rhode island, least not food wise. Quakerlane on sandy bottom in coventry sometimes has them during the summer. Your best bet is trapping your own.

          The charlestown seafood festival has them but their already cooked.

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            lexpatti Apr 1, 2008 05:15 AM

            And if you miss them as much as I do (lived there for 7 years and bought timeshare just to have an excuse to go every year) - check out this fantastic Crawfish Festival in NJ (coming up soon). It's a frigin blast - the food and music will bring you back to Nola. :-)


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              cajuntoast Apr 7, 2008 11:40 AM

              Thanks for the tip - I might have to work in a trip there! I'm actually originally from NJ but have never heard of that.

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                lexpatti Apr 9, 2008 06:13 AM

                It's actually a beautiful ride there as well, in Sussex County. Many of our friends said "you're going to NJ to camp out, crazy!!!" People have so many misconceptions - It's sad. Friday night for campers has awesome free jambalaya and music into the night.

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                  sashimi73 Apr 12, 2008 06:16 AM

                  I saw them on your photostream, cajuntoast, and I've been looking for them every day on my trip to Charleston, SC!

                  I've never had crawfish, and unfortunately don't know where to find them at home in RI.

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              im hungry Mar 31, 2008 12:48 PM

              my only guess would be whole paychecks,oops,my bad,i ment whole foods.good luck on the search,im jealous.

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                icouldeattoo Mar 31, 2008 07:22 PM

                May sound funny but check bait stores for live crayfish. I've seen a few but with them, depends on the time of year.

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                  roro1831 Mar 31, 2008 07:44 PM

                  If you are interested in ordering them here's a link

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