If anyone has come across a lake in WA that you might believe have Stunted Crawfish in it, please email me at (email@example.com
.) Stunted crawfish are caused by over populations of crawfish which have run out of food sources and have quit growing. This applies to both Rusty crawfish in the north half of E. WA and the Signal crawfish on the coast plus E. WA to the south.
How to spot Stunted Crawfish. Normally your trap will hold large amounts of crawfish, provided they are not escaping of course. The crawfish will all be close to the same size and generally under 4" from horns to tail. When fishing declines in a once good area is also another indicator of a crawfish problem. A prime example is Corral Lake in the Seep Lakes area across the street from Mardon Resort. Moses Lake is well on it's way to a Prime Example as well.
I have received emails from other parts of WA I found shocking due to high populations of wild crawfish. Being in the Biz for 40 years there shouldn't be to much to surprise me but this does. I love fishing with walleye being on top of the list and I would hate to see that ruined.
My goal is to present F&G with some hard facts on crawfish populations and the impact they have on our fishing. I have always had a most positive dealings with F&G in the past and expect the same in the future. So, any information you can provide me will help!