I fish a lake in northern Algoma every year; successful baits are worms, minnows, and leeches. However, almost every fish we catch has crayfish in the stomach. I have trapped lots of crayfish on this lake, but can’t catch a fish with one. I’ve drifted with them, or trolled them hooked through the tail on a June Bug or behind other spinners, all to no avail. Do you have any tips on how to fish with crayfish? Since I know the fish in the lake eat crayfish quite a lot, there must be a way. . . ThanksJack Davis

Posted on December 25th, 2017

Hi Jack, crayfish are an important food source in every body of water they are plentiful. I have caught everything from brook trout to pike with crayfish in their stomachs. Just fishing a crayfish hooked through the tail on a 1/4 oz jig or on a sliding-sinker, live-bait rig should work. I have no idea why you are not hooking fish in the areas you have fished crayfish. The only thing I can suggest is that you try fishing crayfish in different locations. I have a feeling that if you find feeding fish, you will certainly catch them on crayfish…God bless you.

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