Crabbing on the Creole Nature Trail

Southwest Louisiana

From May through September, crabbing is a time-honored activity along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. 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 Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point to practice your crabbing technique before heading down this All-American Road-designated scenic byway.

If you choose to leave the crabbing to the professionals, be sure to visit the abundance of Southwest Louisiana restaurants serving up fresh from the Gulf seafood. View the online Creole Nature Trail guide for more information about activities and attractions along the trail. 

Where Can I Go Crabbing?

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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.


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! Don't forget to clean up your area after your crabbing adventure. Properly dispose of any trash, especially bait lines, bait containers, and packaging materials to protect the ecosystem and maintain the beauty of the marsh.

When is a Good Time to Go Crabbing?

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From hunting and fishing to hiking and biking—Louisiana's Playground is your prime destination for outdoor adventure all year long! In the summer months, crabbing is a beloved pastime for outdoorsmen of all ages. Nothing compares to the delicious taste and thrill of catching…

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, but without an extreme current. Crabs are usually bigger and well-fed on the days leading up to a full moon.

How Do I Catch a Crab?

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Easy as One, Two, Three!

1. Find an accessible spot to park and set up alongside the canal, bayou, or waterway of your choice. 

2. Tie your bait (any kind of fresh 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!

Catch a Crab 101

What Supplies Do I Need For Crabbing?

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Crabbing is a simple and delightful experience with a short list of necessary supplies. There are only a few convenience stores and fuel stations to pick up supplies along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road so be sure to get what you need before securing your crabbing location. 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.


  • Crabbing and fishing twine
  • Dip net
  • Crab bait - raw turkey or chicken necks, cut fish, or meat chunks are the best, but any meat will work!
  • Bucket
  • Ice Chest filled with Ice
  • Louisiana crabbing license
  • Scissors & knife


  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat - visor, ballcap, bucket hat 
  • Rubber shoes
  • Snacks & water for you to stay fueled up
  • Chairs or truck bed to sit on
  • Hand sanitizer & wipes
  • Metal tongs (for transferring crabs from the bucket to the ice)

How Do I get a Louisiana Crabbing License?

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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!