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Crabbing on the Creole Nature Trail

From May through September, crabbing is a time-honored activity along the Creole Nature Trail. Nothing can compare to fresh Louisiana blue crab! They’re easy to catch, and the whole family can join in the fun.

 

 

Kids Crabbing on the Creole Nature TrailHow to Catch a  Crab

Supplies Needed:

  • Thick string
  • Crab bait- turkey or chicken necks, cut fish, or meat chunks are the best 
  • Dip net
  • Pail or ice chest

Tie your bait to the end of the string and lower it into the water until you reach the bottom. Have a dip net handy to scoop once the crab has attached to the meat and you have slowly pulled them up. Throw them in a pail and you are well on your way to a delicious meal. 

Where to Crab

The Gulf of Mexico and saltwater estuaries along the trail are critical to blue crabs. You should find a lot of activity taking place at the many small bridges crossing the roadside canals. 

Whether you catch some crabs or you don't, check out the fresh, seafood options along the Creole Nature Trail. View an online or print Creole Nature Trail guide for more information about other activities and attractions along the trail. Practicing your crabbing techniques at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point. 

 

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Shrimping at Creole Nature Trail

 

Shrimping is part of the Creole Nature Trail’s treasured heritage, and it’s an activity the whole family will enjoy. Rollover and Price Lake Nature Drive on Rockefeller Refuge are some of the most popular shrimping spots. 

All you need to catch fresh Louisiana shrimp is a fishing license, a five-gallon bucket, a cast net and an appetite for fun. If the shrimp are “running,” it’s a real treat to see how quickly your bounty accumulates — and to anticipate the joy of eating it!

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