This years crawfish crop may not be as great as last years, but it’s still going to be good, according the Louisiana Radio Network. The harsh weather conditions of 2016 also seem as if they won’t hurt this years crop one bit. That’s good news for mud bug lovers!

My Louisiana Facebook friends have been losing their minds over the past month.  Their posts display what you would expect from a blood thirsty fiend, salivating at the thought of getting their hands on those delicious crawfish before the season has even officially started.

It’s ok, LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Specialist Mark Shirley told LRN “but the ponds look in pretty good shape. As far as the rest of the season, there’s going to be a lot of crawfish available for people to enjoy.”

The weather and warm temperatures also play a factor in how the crawfish crops produce throughout the season. If we get some more cold weather like we had last weekend, down in the 20s, that’ll show things down for a while but these frequent frontal passages actually help crawfish to mold and grow a little bit more,” said Shirley.

Expect slightly higher prices per pound for crawfish early in the season than later in the season, but supply and demand can be the determining factor of the price per pound dropping during the 2017 season.

[Louisiana Radio Network]