From May through September, crabbing is a time-honored activity along the Creole Nature Trail. Nothing can compare to fresh Louisiana Blue Crab! They are easy to catch, and the whole family can enjoy the fun. You can even visit the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point to practice your crabbing technique before heading down this All-American Road-designated scenic byway.
Whether you catch some crabs or not, Southwest Louisiana restaurants serving up fresh from the Gulf seafood should be a must-visit. View the online Creole Nature Trail guide for more information about activities and attractions along the trail.
Along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, the Gulf of Mexico and saltwater estuaries are critical to blue crabs. Crabs are typically quite active along the many small bridges that cross the roadside canals. There are plenty of recreation areas to safely pull off the road and set up your crabbing spot, including these:
Remember, you're in Louisiana's Outback, a natural home to many wildlife, including nutria, deer, mink, possum, rabbits, otters, raccoons, bobcats, birds, and alligators. If you see them, don't feed them, and they'll mind their space as long as you mind yours!
There are a few places not located on the Creole Nature Trail where you can go crabbing, including Prien Lake Park and the Lakefront Promenade, but the best crabbing experience is on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road!
Crabbing is a year-round activity, but May through September is peak season when the water's warm and the crabs are active. The best time of day to go is earlier in the morning or later in the evening, particularly when the water is actively moving during high and low tide.
1. Find an accessible spot alongside the waterway of your choice.
2. Tie your bait (any kind of raw meat will work) to the end of a piece of cotton string and lower it into the water until you reach the bottom.
3. When you feel or see the gentle tug of a crab on the line, slowly begin to pull the string up to the water's surface line.
4. Then, take your dip net and scoop it up. Don't be afraid to scoop the meat, too. Friends and family are a great help for this part!
5. Throw the crab in your cooler, and you are well on your way to a delicious meal!
Crabbing is a simple and delightful experience with a short list of necessary supplies. There are numerous convenience stores and fuel stations to pick up supplies along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Grab N' Geaux (8510 Gulf Hwy) and Chesson's Grocery are on the East side. On the West side are Grab N' Geaux (7067 Hwy 27 South), Brown's Grocery, and Bayak's Country Store, all providing a good selection of everything you need for crabbing, fishing, and more outdoor recreation activities in Southwest Louisiana.
As of June 1, 2022, you must have a license to crab recreationally. In addition to a license, you must also have a WMA Permit (not required if you already have a Sportsman’s Paradise License, Lifetime License, or Senior License) to crab in a LOUISIANA wildlife refuge or wildlife management area (i.e., Rockefeller Refuge in our area). Review the details from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, and come prepared!