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Crawfish supply, demand drops during flooding

3 years ago June 09, 2011 Jun 9, 2011 Thursday, June 09 2011 Thursday, June 09, 2011 5:10:10 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BAYOU SORREL- As the prices of crawfish fall, the catch in some areas are down, too. Bayou Sorrel was expected to have a large catch following the flow of water from the Morganza Spillway, but so far the pay out isn't big.

"We thought with the high water the crawfish would come in by abundance, it hasn't the water is starting to fall it looks like it's picking up a little bit but it's not where it needs to be," said Louis Kelley, who operates Kelley's Bait in Bayou Sorrel.

The fishermen, though, aren't giving up easy, as they continue to buy bait and set traps in hopes of a big payoff.

"It's mother nature, you can't figure it out, I've sat here all season the crawfish is gonna pick up, it's gonna pick up and it hasn't," said Kelley.

The price locally for live crawfish is about $1.69 a pound.

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