When a crawfish molts it’s time to get the trap and fill it with the best smallmouth bait out there.
Crayfish are known by many names: crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs, and even freshwater lobsters, but one thing is the same with all of them- they make great bass bait.
Once they molt their old shell for a new one they’re as vulnerable as a woodchuck on a shooting range. If you can get your hands on a few you’re ready to fish, but first watch how they do it:
Crayfish molt as often as they have to according to conditions. If they’re growing a lot, they shed their shell a lot.
While a smallmouth bass can hardly resist one of these mini-lobsters, many fish will gladly fill their mouth with these tasty mudbugs: I’ve caught no less than catfish, large and smallmouth bass, carp, pike—yes pike—and brown trout, but the biggest pig of all was one three-foot bowfin in Canada!
What else have you caught on a crawfish?