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Crayfish catching in the winter

Like fishing, crayfish fishing is governed by fishing rules. These rules may be slightly modified depending on the characteristics of the region. But overall, there is a forbidden winter season for catching arthropods during spawning. Therefore, before going ice-crawling, you should first familiarize yourself with the fishing rules of your region. If we talk about Moscow and the Moscow region, then there is a complete ban on catching crayfish all year round. In other places, the ban begins in the fall and lasts until mid-summer. And somewhere you can catch in the winter, but also in certain periods.

In addition to the spawning ban, there are species restrictions for broad-toed crayfish. Somewhere in general it is impossible to catch crayfish of this species and violation of the rules can seriously hit the pocket due to penalties. There are also restrictions on the size of the caught individuals, where crayfish less than 9 centimeters long should be released back into the reservoir. In other places, the allowed size is already 10 centimeters.

In addition to restrictive measures, winter time also brings weather difficulties, when you have to fiddle with the ice hole and splash in the water, putting and checking rakolovka. But all the same, enthusiasts and lovers of this business are not decreasing. After all, the rate is tasty and dietary meat of cancer. In addition, as in fishing, there is its own excitement, which is understandable only to hunter-earners.

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Winter crayfish fishing has its own peculiarities.
First of all, when choosing a place for installing a trap, one should be guided by the same principles as fishing in winter, which, as you know, is looking for where to go deeper. Unlike the summer period, when crayfish go out to coastal shoals at night, in winter they are in deep places. Here they lay eggs on the cartilaginous bottom, and here they keep on clay and sandy bottom, avoiding too thick a layer of silt. Most of all, crayfish gravitate to the clay bottom, where it is easier for them to make their shelter-holes. Also, mouths of clean streams and springs are considered catchy places. Near such sources of pure water, saturated with oxygen, crayfish stay all winter. But crayfish cannot be called haters of warm water, like burbot. They do not live in places with very cold water. All this must be considered arthropod catcher. And here is another natural feature. Unlike in summer, when the water warms up faster in shallow water than in the pits, in winter the water temperature will be warmer at depth than in the shallows. Indeed, in coastal shallow waters, the influence of frost and icy winds is much stronger than in deep dusk.

Another factor that prefers crayfish to deep brow is the presence of schools of fish that winter in the pits, which means that in such places the emergence of black-headed fish is inevitable, which can serve as food for crayfish, although it is not an obvious scavenger.

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