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Where to purchase live crayfish near Portland Oregon?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Father of four, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Me and the wife...well me, would like to cook up some crayfish. I think they may be out of season but does anyone know where I might be able to buy 10lbs or so, locally?

    Thanks, Howard
     
  2. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Geez, we used to just go catch them by turning over rocks in that river behind Canby. You mean there's a season on them now?
     
  4. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well, I was trying to go the lazy-fast way, buy'em.
     
  5. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    I think ABC Seafood on Powell used to carry them.
     
  6. OR4X4

    OR4X4 Hour south of portland Member

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    not sure where to buy live local,

    But, as to season - crawdads are open to catch year round, 100 per day per person, no license needed (including fishing license, anyone can go catch them).
    Now best catches are certainly in the summer as the fall rain cools the river and slows 'em down. That may be the season referred to.

    alot of the commercially caught 'dads are out of the tualatin river, and timothy lake.
     
  7. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    In my early teens I made $3k-$4k a month crawfishing on the Willamette channel in my $500 boat w/ over 300 traps up and down the river. Since I was under 18 I didn't need my boat licensed. A third of my crawfish went to Jakes downtown. That was 1/2 of what they sold for three years. Their only complaint was that my catch made their other crawfish look bad. Others were frozen and a guy exported them.

    That was a **** of a fun job three hours a day. Nice $$. Sure beat a paper route and made living on a houseboat very convenient.

    I had a broken trap once and caught what would have been a contender for the largest crawfish caught ever; it was about 9" in the body, 13" flat. But I ignorantly put it in overnight in a holding tank where that corn/food ran out and the other little crawfish ate him :(.
     
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    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    Ocean king in vancouver. Give them a call and they'll let you know if they have em, or when they will get more. Awesome little store, been buying a lot of live crab from them lately.
     
  9. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone!

    Ok this is what I have so far...
    ABC Seafood has probably less then 10lbs left for $3.59 per pound.
    Jakes Famous Crayfish will not sell by the pound or tell where they get their crayfish from.
    Ocean King Market will not have any until around May. They sell crayfish for $3.69 per pound. $3.19 per pound after 8lbs.

    We are not planning on cooking crayfish until Saturday, so we are still looking. Thanks again everyone for helping.

    Howard
     
  10. OR4X4

    OR4X4 Hour south of portland Member

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    Don't know if Tony's in oregon city would have them or not but might be worth a call
     
  11. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Wow, sounds like fun. I don't even know if there are many crawfish in the Rogue River here but I have seen some while salmon and steelhead fishing. I think I'll get a couple of traps from Cabellas and try my luck.

    Traps
     
  12. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I think I will go with the catch'em and not release'em way too. Now to make the traps or buy them? Hmmmm.....
     
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    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    OM Seafood has crayfish for $4.29 per pound.
     
  16. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    Om seafood is good. I went to college in Texas so I would go to new Orleans all the time. Crawfish are $10 for 20 lbs!!!! A couple of time I got a free turtle or baby croc in the mix too. Come back here and people look at you funny for eating crawfish
     
  17. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Sulfur Springs Kentucky. These things were HUGE!

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  18. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    We spent about a week in NO a few years ago, before Katrina. We sampled every kind of food we could find including crawfish pie. One of the best things about visiting different places is the different foods.
     
  19. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    Ironic you mentioned Katrina. I fled, or at least tried to, from NO when Katrina hit. I actually took a giant bag of crawfish back to Houston with me
     
  20. receo

    receo Sandy, Oregon Active Member

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    I get 25-30 pounds of live crawfish from pacific seafood every year.
    Never had a hassle, just call up a order and pick em up.