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Old 07-08-2006, 1:31 PM
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Anyone know a lake around Los Angeles that has crawfish? Google isn't bringing up anything but lakes in Nor Cal
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Old 07-08-2006, 1:41 PM
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Not in SO CAL but I have had great success in emerald bay, Lake Tahoe. I was 10 and all I used was lunch meat tied to some nylon rope, wait for them to grab on and pull 'em out. they wont let go
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The Chinese buffet down the street from me has them, for some strange reason...

VIP on Clairemont Mesa, in case anyone's interested.
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Old 07-08-2006, 2:03 PM
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There used to be tons in Vasona lake, at the mouth of the river feeding it... used to catch them there as kids, but all we would do is build a pool to the side to see how many we could catch... Probably 30-40 at any given time with some big ones over 6" long...

Dunno if I'd eat them though
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Old 07-08-2006, 2:04 PM
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Many years ago I caught them up in the Owens Valley in a canal near Black Rock Fish Hatchery. We used Tunafish stuffed in a bit of womens nylons tied to the end of a fishing line. Sometimes we'd get several at a time.

There's a county (?) park halfway through Malibu Canyon, can't remember the name of it, the creek there also had them about 12 years ago along with some absolutely massive bullfrogs.

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Old 07-08-2006, 2:22 PM
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Ive gotten some out of Lake Casitas in Ojai.


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there used to be a crawdad festival in/near the delta, i went a few times when i was a kid. does anybody remeber, or know of one? cause i would love to go again.
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Do you want them for food or bait? Either way you can store buy them, live in chinatown.
I spent a couple of months at a shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Bunch of southerners I work with got me eating them at a restaurant called BOZOs. Pretty good stuff, tough to get filled up on though, the rule of thumb down there is you need approx. 10lb. per person, 15lb p.p. if there's a lot of beer drinking. Also, the best time of year to eat them is after the molt in the early spring, not as tough.
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many so cal lakes are fed with reclaimed water

for bait, sport chalet or turner's has them. for food, von's or ralph's
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There is Harbor lake in or near san pedro CA near a crossroads called 5 points

Its where PV drive north and N Gaffey St come up from the south and Anaheim St and West Anaheim St is the T cross and Vermont Ave meets all of the above coming in from the north they all form what is called by the locals 5 Points and Harbor lake is just east of vermont

its a great place for crawdads and alligators also

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http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=Harbor+City,+CA

http://sandiego.merchantamerica.com/...dical_key=5264

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/1677911.html

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/4867264/detail.html
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Old 07-08-2006, 7:44 PM
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there used to be a crawdad festival in/near the delta, i went a few times when i was a kid. does anybody remeber, or know of one? cause i would love to go again.
That would be Isleton. Their T-shirts where something along the line of "suck heads, pinch tails"

I see they have a website now at http://www.crawdadfestival.org/ and just missed the festival (6-17) for this year.
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That would be Isleton. Their T-shirts where something along the line of "suck heads, pinch tails"

I see they have a website now at http://www.crawdadfestival.org/ and just missed the festival (6-17) for this year.

lol i found it also myself, searching for it. funny it was never up when i looked for it before. oh well atlest i know i just wasn't dreaming . look forward to going next year though
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Old 07-11-2006, 7:51 AM
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Anyone know a lake around Los Angeles that has crawfish? Google isn't bringing up anything but lakes in Nor Cal
OK OK, my girl use to live in Irvine, so sometimes we'd head over to the Boiling Crab when I came up.. shrimp, crawfish.. quite delicious.. you order it by the pound

I dont know the directions as I always let her navigate.. but search for it.. its worth the effort....
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There is Harbor lake in or near san pedro CA near a crossroads called 5 points

Its where PV drive north and N Gaffey St come up from the south and Anaheim St and West Anaheim St is the T cross and Vermont Ave meets all of the above coming in from the north they all form what is called by the locals 5 Points and Harbor lake is just east of vermont

its a great place for crawdads and alligators also

heres a URL to find it a little easier

http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=Harbor+City,+CA

http://sandiego.merchantamerica.com/...dical_key=5264

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/1677911.html

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/4867264/detail.html
I live right around the corner from there and walk my dog there on occasion. Yes, Reggie is still in there somewhere! DO NOT eat whatever comes out of there! Well, Reggie I may eat. He's probably well fed on stray cats and tortillas! You should see all the garbage that goes into that lake. Yes, there are crawfish in there, other fish too. Catch and release only unless you want some type of disease or atleast the squirts!
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Go Reggie!!!!!!
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I caught one at the pond on the Miramar golf course once. I put it in my buddies golf bag. I wonder if he ever found it!
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IIRC back before Woodcrest was developed on, the ponds in the area had small crawfish-like animals

but that water is like cattle run-off water
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Todai has plenty of crawdads.
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Most of the creeks feeding into or out of any of the lakes in So CA should have them. Cachuma has a ton as well as Piru Creek. You can even buy little crawdad traps for a few dollars and rig them up and come back later to see what you got. Kinda like lobster hooping but not as much work
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try Rainbow Bait and Tackle in Compton. They're the supplier for most retail chains in so cal.

126 E SPRUCE ST
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if u want to catch'em ur self, buy and trap and try the lakes and ponds in ur area.
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Many years ago I caught them up in the Owens Valley in a canal near Black Rock Fish Hatchery. We used Tunafish stuffed in a bit of womens nylons tied to the end of a fishing line. Sometimes we'd get several at a time.

There's a county (?) park halfway through Malibu Canyon, can't remember the name of it, the creek there also had them about 12 years ago along with some absolutely massive bullfrogs.

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Its Tapia park, or Malibu Creek State Park.
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please don't tell me that anyone is actually advocating eating crawdads out of our local waters

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please don't tell me that anyone is actually advocating eating crawdads out of our local waters


Well, I guess it depends on what waters you are calling local........Socal? Central Valley (North or South?), Norcal?....
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Well, I guess it depends on what waters you are calling local........Socal? Central Valley (North or South?), Norcal?....
You're absolutely right. While there are waters in Central and NorCal that I wouldn't have an issue pulling crawdad's out of, I was referring to the OPs question and many follow up posts discussing SoCal waters.

Much of the Southern part of this state is insanely contaminated with heavy metals, street runoff, car emission pollusion, industrial and residential chemicals, raw untreated sewage, and fertilizers. Nasty, nasty stuff that I don't recommend anyone take their chances with.

It's not worth putting you or your family's health at risk, just purchase them (they aren't that expensive), or take the family camping up north to where the waters run a little cleaner.

I don't even recommend that you eat the fish that come out of our local (SoCal) lakes. It's not funny what sort of contaminates you can find in the water.

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What do crawdads taste like?
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What do crawdads taste like?

Just like chicken!
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fairmont park in riverside has them, but I wouldnt eat them. they are really fun to catch and good to fish with there.
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