Original posted April 2, 2001.

Crawfish! I admit to being a crawfish nut. By the way, Mr. Webster says either craYfish or craWfish works and is grammatically correct. I’ll stick to crawfish because you can sort of drag the word out longer without getting a high pitch in your voice. I picked this drag-the- word-out habit up from an old comrade in arms of mine, Buck. Buck lives down south where it is so hot you have to talk slow just to keep from breaking out in a sweat.

Anyway, we have some jumbo, and I mean jumbo, crawfish in the Clark Fork and Kootenai Rivers. I heard the state biologists had just recently taken some crawfish during their routine sampling and called to find out a little more about them. How about 10 crawfish with an estimated aggregate weight of 6-7.5 pounds the biologist said. My ears perked up and I asked if they ate them all or what because I wanted some proof. The states principle research biologist said he had one in a jar of formaldehyde sitting on his desk that weighed just under a ½ pound. I said, “I’ll be down to see you sir.”

Grabbed two of my fishing buddies last Monday and told them I have to get down to the Panhandle Fish and Game office and photograph a jumbo crawfish.

Well, at first they just looked at me with a “he has really lost it now” sort of expression, but, when I said lunch was on me, they said, “when are we leaving”. A fun day and a worthwhile trip.

Here is a photograph of a genuine Idaho jumbo crawfish. The biologist types like to say “Pacifastacus”. I think my buddies would rather say hey, “let’s go trap a mess of crawfish”. If we said let’s go trap a mess of Pacifastacus it might impress some folks, but, they would not know what we were trapping.

If I have wet your appetite for trapping some crawfish this summer then you just might want to check the current Idaho Fishing Season Rules to get the details on trap size(s), etc

Received an email from a gentleman who will be visiting the Panhandle with his grandson in July. I want to share with you, an extract of his message: “… he will be able to fish where I fished and walk where I walked.” A simple but profound statement of love for his grandson. I look forward to meeting him and his grandson this summer. Sort of proves we do return to our roots sometime in our lives.

Do you have a youngster in your life that has a birthday soon? Think about getting him or her a fishing license for their birthday. Remember, life is short. Make sure you are doing what you want.