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** Crawfish Season **

0 Comments | June 5, 2012

One common question around Louisiana and other states is: *When is Crawfish
Season?*. While it is true that there is no “official” crawfish season,
in the legally regulated sense such as commercial shrimping or crabbing,
*the typical /crawfish season/ tends to start in March and end sometime in
June*. When people say “crawfish season”, they are referring to a time
of the year when crawfish are: 1) big enough to enjoy in a crawfish boil,
2) cheap enough to afford (usually around $2-3 / lb for live crawfish) and
3) readily available.

As spring sets in and temperatures start to warm up a bit, rainfall tends
to increase and this starts the crawfish season. This tends to happen
around late February / early March, but can vary greatly depending on how
much rain December and January had. If there it rains quite a bit in the
fall / winter months and then warms up early, the crawfish season will
usually start a little earlier.

*Crawfish Season – Supply, Demand, Price and Size*

The economy of Crawfish season is a delicate balance of supply and demand
mixed in with price and crawfish size. As the crawfish supply goes up, the
abundance triggers one crawfish boil after another, causing demand to go
up, which regulates the price of crawfish at around the $2.50 / lb range.
The downside of the increase supply is that the crawfish farms tend to get
crowded, which causes the crawfish to stay smaller. The crawfish fisherman
has to find


when are crawfish in season

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