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Crawfish Season at South Farm

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Just got an email from Mr.Vidrine the biologist for the South Farm Complex on Sherburne WMA. The crawfish season will start on March 15th again this year. Thats a Friday. I crawfish in the basin with deep water traps, but I still enjoy going out to the South Farm with some set nets (and a few traps) with my kids and their friends. It's a great place to crawfish with the whole family. It's a really big place so it really never feels crowded. An atv helps to get your stuff back there, but it's not manditory. I used my bicycle for many years, before I got an atv. If you live anywhere within an hour of the place and have kids, I highly recommend checking it out.
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nice
nice
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Fun !
Man my kids love running those nets too . We've never been to sherburne but might make a trip this this year .

I know my lil girl will have to have a pair of the leopard skin boots !
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Saw plenty while hunting
Saw lots of pinky size crawdads out there when I was duck hunting a few weeks ago. Ought to be PLENTY!
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Hey boots
How much do y'all normally catch ? And how many nets do y'all use ?

Around here the crawfishing isn't that good but some years it's great . We normally use a dozen nets and fish about half a day for one sack .

Sorry for all the questions ... Just wondering how many empty sacks to bring . Lol
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crawfish Season at South Farm
When I first started going out there I would bring 4 dozen nets. I finally got smart and now I never use more than 18. Seems like I do better with less. Not so much tending, and more catching. We will never bring out more than 3/4 of a sack, because thats all we can eat on 2 times. That never takes more than a couple of hours. Figure on 3# of melt (usually 1 pack) per 12 nets. My friends have come out with wat more than that. The limit is 4 sacks. You can fill that limit most of the time in a day if you keep fishing. We mainly just fish from the bank. It's really clean and easy to walk along, however you can launch a pirogue and put traps in the middle too. We usually cut the bait before we leave the house and have it in a ziplock ready to go. I use shower curtain rings to hold the bait on the nets. Bring a gang and have a crawfishing picnic..........
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maps
the south farm is approximately 1-1/2 miles north of Interstate 10 at the Ramah exit. If you exit Ramah, you will see a road that will take you to the gravel road that runs along the basin levee. Take it north until you see the sign that says 'south farm'. Cross the levee and park. There a gravel road that will go out of the parking lot. The ponds are 832 yards down that road.vYou can use an atv to go or walk. Before I had an atv I used to ride my bicycle. I had a back pack with lunch and drinks, a stick tied across my handle bars with the nets on one side and a bucket with the bait and a sack on the other. Had to make 2 trips back with the crawfish. It worked for me when I was 10 and it still works now. Here's a google earth screeen shot.
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Future crawfisher woman
This is my fishing buddy in training .. Last year my lil girl was 1
year old helping us get some nets ready .
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crawfisherwomen
Too cute! gotta bring her crawfishin!
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Look at that
That shirt must have been made for that little girl, shes adorable. I got a 16 month old daughter I call her ' future first female bassmaster classic winner' my wife hates it
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she's a beauty
yall gonna pass a good time, for sure!
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That Guy
Yo white Boot Dude how do you get to that area from off I10 headed north@Sherburne or from highway 190, i see the interstate there gota be I10 huh
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south farm
Exit Ramah off of I-10. You will see a little bridge that parallels the interstate that crosses a little bayou. That brings you to the shell road that follows the basin levee. Follow it north for about 1-1/4 miles and you will see a sign that says 'South Farm'. Go up the levee right there and park in the parking lot on the other side. Don't forget you need a fishing license and a WMA stamp on the license. Also make sure to sign in at the check in and sign out when you leave.
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crawfish
Hey white boots, thanks for the directions. I want to take my grandkids this year.
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grandkids
Popincork you got an atv?
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atv
Have a 2wd at the house(Prairieville), and a 4wd at the camp(Ms). Is that how you get in there? Will either get me there with no problem? Thanks.
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atv
You can get there on either one.have seen a couple a folks that used riding lawn mowers...
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transportation
Oh yeah the 2wd will work. The kids can ride their bikes too. Just checkin cause it is about a 800 yard walk between where you got to park to the beginning of the ponds. It's a gravel road. Just a long walk without a bicycle or atv. Riding lawnmower would work cool too! Wish I'da saw that one E-man, Ida had that pic on here for sure!
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e-man and white boots
Thanks for the info. Good luck!
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Thanks for the info
I can't wait to get out there with my kids again this year.

I asked this on another site but didn't have any luck. Does anyone know where I could find some of the short set nets that the crawfish are able to climb over the sides and fall into the net and not get out. I had some when I was a kid and can't find anyplace that makes them now.

They look similar to this.
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nets
Dang, thats slick. Never seen one like that. I have seen some that are circle shaped like a crab net that use a small mesh at the net shop on Cameron Street in Lafayette.
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Nets
I'm going to have to try tying some of those. That's a good looking design.
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deep water nets
If anyone finds some of the nets like in the pic .Please let me know.
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deep water
There was a guy out there last year using some of those nets and he was killing the crawfish.

He was walking in the canal that runs along side the road and had them set by the trees on the other side.
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good design
thats a good idea on the nets, if anyone knows where to get some like in the pic please let us know,I would love to have a couple of dozen. I will be taking my Gr.Son crawfishing for his first time, cant wait ! White Boots thanks for the info !
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Keeping them alive
Mr. Boots

How do you keep the crawfish alive while you're fishing all day and then until you can boil them?
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bugs
To keep them alive while crawfishing ,put them in a sack and place in a shady spot. If you need to keep them for a day or 2 .place the sack of crawfish in an ice chest w/ the plug pulled ! Tilt the ice chest so any water will run out and put a towel over the sack. set a bag of ice on top of the towel. I leave the top of the ice chest open a bit for air flow. have kept them alive from Thur. to Sat. this way.
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live
E-man got the ticket. I put them in a bucket as I pass the traps. Then after each pass I put them in a crawfish sack and twist it so to get the extra space out so they don't eat each other. Then I place a wet oyster sack on the bag and put it in the shade. If you don't boil them that day, make sure there is no extra room in the sack they are in. Put it in an ice chest with some ice in a bag.
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bait
Scalian's on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge near the old bridge next to Pizza Hut has beef melt for bait. I usually get mine at Hubben's in Port Allen, but they don't have any. Scalians. Cooler #3
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Bait
Thanks for the info about scallans. usually stop at that lil store on rosedale rd. Last time they didn't have any so i was forced to turn around an come home.
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South Farm Regs.
Anyone between the ages of 16 and 59 using the WMA must possess one of the following: a Wild Louisiana Stamp, a valid Louisiana fishing license, or a valid Louisiana hunting license. Persons 15 and younger or older than 60 years of age are exempt from this requirement.

Recreational crawfishing is limited to set nets or recreational wire traps with a 100-pound limit per vehicle or boat per day. Crawfishing is allowed from daylight to dark seven days a week.

For anyone utilizing recreational wire traps, a valid basic fishing and recreational gear license must be in their possession and each trap must be tagged with name and recreational license number.

Only 35 recreational traps are allowed per license, and no traps or nets may be left overnight. Also, no motorized watercraft are allowed on the South Farm complex. Walk-in or ATV access is provided to the crawfish ponds from the parking area. ATV's may be used on limestone roads only and not beyond NO ATV warning signs
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Crawfish Nets with Side - Found Maybe??
I have been looking for the nets with the sides. I found these on ebay. They look like the picture and may be what he was talking about.

Check out the link.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-40-x-40-Umbrella-Net-Trap-with-Sides-Crawfish-Bait-Minnows-Crabs-/110937264027

or search crawfish net with sides.
Bigg-o
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nets
That is the proper design .But, they are 40' square which is to big and the netting is minnow netting which will tear up to easily in the sticks and trash when crawfishing. Most crawfish nets are 20' square. Good find though!
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nets
Talked to gus today at the slidell show. Says he hasn't seen nets like we are looking for in years.
But he does sell the netting .So if i can find the wire to make the frames i will be making some.
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Re: Crawfish Season at South Farm
farm directions and map bump
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