Crawdad Mound

By | May 27, 2011

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

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

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  1. Beverly Everson

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

  2. Judi

    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?”

  3. Steve Creek Post author

    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. :)

  4. Frank Dyer

    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.

  5. Judith

    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.

  6. Steve Creek Post author

    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.

  7. Judith

    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.

  8. Nick

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