Its just not summer at my house without a crawdad boil! And eating them is only half the fun. We fished these guys up from the reservoir using chicken legs for bait. Just to give you an idea of how big they are, the average one is about 4 to 5 inches long from the tip of its head to the tail.
Like lobster, the shells turn a bright orange when they are cooked. Some of these ones were so big we were able to pick the meat from their claws! For those who have not tasted crawdads before, they are like a cross between shrimp and lobster. I just eat the tail and claw meat, but my husband eats them like they do in the south and sucks the juices out of the head.
Two very small ones that should have been tossed back into the lake ended up with the catch and my daughter put them into the fishtank to keep our pet crawdad company. I doubt our gold fish and krib appreciate the visitors.