Crayfish Trips.




Waranga Basin July 2000

Early in July 2000, a few of us headed to Waranga Basin in central northern Victoria. The basin used for irrigation is connected to the Goulburn River system. Until recently the water in the basin had been rather low and with the recent flooding finding the 'crays' was hard work. Over the weekend we only caught 4 crayfish, three females and one male. All the females were in berry. Paul is holding one of the females he caught, with my assistance:)

The methods we use are simple drop nets with a bait tied in the middle, this crayfish is shown with one of those nets. It is important that all nets are labeled with the fisherpersons name and address. Also the size of the nets varieties from state to state, so check with your fisheries, ignorance is no excuse.

A sad note,

Although we only caught four crayfish, they all were returned to the water. Whilst there I came across an old campsite by the lake and found a number of crayfish shells many under sized and also berried females carcasses. I not a greenie, I eat hundreds of yabbies every year and I'm also a fairly good angler. However, I don't eat threatened species such as murray cod or spiny crayfish. If I caught someone taking undersized or berried females I will definitely 'dob' them in.

Think about it, there selfishness could destroy it for our kids and our kids kids.

And this photo says it all, this was Steve and his two sons Kane and Liams first crayfishing trip. Although initially keen to taste a crayfish, they too were satisfied to keep a photo record of their first crayfish, it's no monster but it's a start.

Don't get me wrong if the crays are plentiful by all means eat one or two, but at the present time I believe they are on the decrease, I have been catching murray crayfish for over thirty years and the big hauls of legal sized crayfish are a thing of the past.

Australia is suffering from salinity problems and it will get worst before it gets better.