Crawdad Mound

A Crawdad Mound

A Crawdad Mound

A Crawdad

How many of you have seen these mounds of dirt in your yard or in a ditch and knew that a Crawdad made it? How many of you remember as a kid using a string and a piece of bacon to catch one?

2012 Crawdad Chimney

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14 Comments

  1. Stephen Ingraham May 27, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    Don’t get them in ME of course but I have seen lots of the south of the sweet tea line ;-)

  2. Beverly Everson May 27, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    I never tried to catch one! Great shot of the little guy!! I love Stephen’s “south of the sweet tea line” comment!! :)

  3. Steve Creek May 27, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Thank you both and I also enjoyed Stephens comment.

  4. Linda Rockwell May 27, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    We have lots of these little guys along the acequias in New Mexico. Love the crawdad photo!!

  5. Judi May 27, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Learned a lot today, how to catch crawdads, what those mud mounds are and the “sweet tea line”. I’ve added crawdadding to my bucket list, it sounds as much fun as blue crabbing with a chicken neck on a string and a flashlight strapped to your forehead & shrimping from a bridge with a long handled net & a lantern, both of which I have enjoyed. (The catching AND the eating). The crab looks like he’s asking, “You want a piece of me?”

  6. Judi May 27, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Sorry, I meant the crawdad not crab.

  7. Steve Creek May 27, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Ah the good old days when I was a kid catching these things. Judi, I actually went in my house to look for a string and bait to see if I could catch one but changed my mind. My neighbors I’m sure think I am crazy enough without seeing me in my yard with a string catching crawdads. :)

  8. Frank Dyer May 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Nice Pic. Crawdad mounds were always in our yard on the farm south of Webbers Falls, OK. I caught them out of ponds and creeks mostly rather than the holes in our yard. They sort of mess up lawn mowing; the clay mounds harden like brick. I have never seen them in east TN. Steve speaking of Webbers Falls, they have a WF celebration each second Saturday of June on odd years which includes this year with a pancake breakfast, lunch at noon and music with a country band. Lots of old timers to discuss the good old days. People come from as far as CA. It is just a few miles up the road from the wild life refuge. You might like to attend. Tell Robert Ross that Frank Dyer recommended the event. Wish I could go.

  9. Steve Creek May 28, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Frank, thanks for the info.

  10. Judith May 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Like Judi I learned a lot today. Have never seen (or noticed) the crawdad mounds. Let alone how to catch one. Guess I’m going to have to ask: what does “south of the sweet tea line” mean?? Nice portrait of Mr./Ms. Crawdad.

  11. Steve Creek May 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Judith, the cultural boundary between the North and the South (Sweet Tea Drinkers). Mason – Dixon Line. Drinking sweet tea is one of the oldest and most exceptional Southern traditions.

  12. Judith May 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Goes to show what a transplanted (at age four) Brooklynite to Los Angeles doesn’t experience. Thanks for the clue-in. However, we drink sugared tea here in So Cal.

  13. Nick April 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    why would crawdads be in someones yard? I would think they would rather be near water.

  14. Steve Creek April 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

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