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Lake: Nee Gronda Reservoir
Fish: Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)

Crawdads for Wipers

Post By: jbowen43      Posted: 4/10/2007 9:15:04 PM     Points: 282    
I know folks have had excellent results using crawdads for bait at Nee Gonde for wipers. Where can we get crawdads? I live Southeast of Limon near the Hugo Wildlife Area. There are none in those ponds.

 Reply by: ePiC      Posted: 4/11/2007 3:26:57 AM     Points: 494
Most bait shops have them, some pet stores have them. Most waters in Colorado/Kansas/Nebraska have them. I good way to find them at the water is find a rocky area (doesnt always have to be rocky but helps) put a little chicken liver in the shallow water at night and see if the crawdads come a crawling. They make traps to catch them but once you locate them a small piece of worm on a hook is usually faster and catches more.

Where you headed to fish for wiper's maybe we can point you to where you can catch some or buy some.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 4/11/2007 6:42:28 AM     Points: 184622
Crayfish occur in most water around the state, including many irrigation ditches and boggy areas. A baited crayfish trap will generally produce good numbers of them. So I if crayfish work well at Nee Gonde, I imagine you could trap them there. I would check with DOW and with the state you might consider purchasing crayfish before transporting live crayfish across statelines. While there doesn't seem to be an issue here, some states have strict regulations on crayfish and consider them a nusuince.

Given all the news on "invasive" species, and diseases in the news, I think it behooves us to use caution in transporting live baits from one water to the next, even the lowlly and seemingly harmless crayfish. I'd recommend you try to catch your bait at the area you're fishing, rather then importing it.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 4/11/2007 6:44:49 AM     Points: 11938
Sportsman's Warehouse carries frozen craws. I've heard good reports from customers using them for a variety of species. CL
 Reply by: PoPoJiJo      Posted: 4/11/2007 11:02:50 AM     Points: 86
Jax in Fort Collins sells live ones
 Reply by: jbowen43      Posted: 4/12/2007 4:08:03 PM     Points: 282
Thanks guys. Has anyone tried the various kinds of Gulp. I see it is sold in a crawdad version as well as a saltwater version in shrimp.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 4/13/2007 9:27:24 AM     Points: 11938
Gulp! baits are very productive in my guiding, especially on a tough bite. Rig the new craw on a flutter hook for a very snagless and natural presentation. Gulp! will dry out if the bag is left unsealed so be careful of that. Incidently, the Gulp! shrimp is the #1 selling soft lure in Berkley's sunstantial lineup - mostly for saltwater use. Let us know how you do! Pic is a smallie with a PowerCraw on a flutter hook.CL
 Reply by: PoPoJiJo      Posted: 4/13/2007 10:47:31 AM     Points: 86
hmmm I'll have to give that a try, thanks for the info
 Reply by: EricCO      Posted: 4/13/2007 11:21:40 AM     Points: 277
You can also get the unpreserved shrimp frozen at the supermarket. Would be good substitute just make sure it doesn't have too much flavoring or preservatives added.

Also, don't leave them in a 5 gallon bucket in 100 degree heat. You open the lid and then you'll be chumming the lake big time though reverse perastalsis!
 Reply by: leeslake      Posted: 4/13/2007 12:50:40 PM     Points: 20
I believe Ramah has crawdads. If you are ever up around Elizabeth I could hook you up with some on my place. Bring some hot dogs and kids and get some. How are the ponds out at Hugo. My cousin lives in Fondus and wants to take his kids out there this spring. Have a great day. Lee
 Reply by: PoPoJiJo      Posted: 4/14/2007 9:25:14 AM     Points: 86
Hey lee have you heard of
 Reply by: leeslake      Posted: 4/14/2007 8:48:57 PM     Points: 20
Sorry PoJo just trying to help him out and you at willliams fork. Hopfully you're getting out and fishing. Went out behind the house tonight and caught about a 6 pound rainbow. I have to learn how to post pictures. Have a great day. Lee
 Reply by: PoPoJiJo      Posted: 4/14/2007 9:03:58 PM     Points: 86
Lee why are you sorry? is another forum that has alot of good info on it, and I figured since you've been so helpful that I would tell you about it. I love fishexplorer don't get me wrong this site has a ton of great info you can't get anywhere else, but the other one helps sumplement where this one is missing some things. And I have been fishing I hit up some local ponds today that I will report on tomorrow. SOunds like you had a great day your self congrats!
 Reply by: leeslake      Posted: 4/15/2007 9:14:07 AM     Points: 20
Thanks for the info of to church with wife and kids. Hope to clean out my hatcherie when we get home. Maybe we can head up sometime. Thanks again for the info. Lee
 Reply by: jbowen43      Posted: 4/16/2007 11:01:10 PM     Points: 282
Last time I looked Ramah was dry. Many years ago that was a fine Pike fishery before they did all the soil conservation work up North of Calhan.
The wildlife ponds should be fine for trout right now. Since you are in Elizabeth you know that the wind has blown nearly all of the time this spring. The ponds are great for fly fishing and kids love the turtles, too. The one furthest South is our favorite. I may be getting up your way again. I spent a lot of tme in Elbert County when I was campaigning last year. I plan on going to the Kiowa sale in May. Before then maybe I will go up to our land at Hartsel and see if I can trap some bugs at Eleven Mile. We used to live North of Calhan in the Slovak community by the Orthodox Church.

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