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Old 05-16-2016, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to trap some crawdads, but curious if you guys think they would be safe to eat from Smith lake?
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Considering the swim beach has been closed since the 1950's due to pollution... I personally wouldn't eat them.

I think you'd be better off driving outside the city and finding irrigation ditches or something with a consistent flow of water.

Search the archives here, there are a few threads about catching crawdads around Denver and one in particular I'm thinking of when they said they ate them and they tasted nasty.
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thank you for your response.
Any thoughts on whether McKay Lake in broomfield would have any crayfish?
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I have no idea about McKay Lake. Use the search function and see what info you can find.

Here is the thread I mentioned earlier:

https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...se-needed.html
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If its legal, give aurora a shot. That place is LOADED with mud bugs.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Check out the video at 4:55

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I dunk my underwater camera occasionally there and you wouldn't believe the amount of crawdads in that lake.
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"Crawfish" are omnivorous... means they will eat almost anything. If a pond or stream smell oily or funky I would not eat them . If I remember right a lot of runoff from Denver streets flows into smith lake. Petroleum leaking from auto's will sooner or later find it's way into a ditch or pond then lake. Crayfish must be purged before boiling, If it was me I would purge and rinse the critters 2 or 3 times just to get the funk out. Saying that I would not eat crawfish from a small pond like Smith lake. Try to find a semi-sandy bottom pond or creek to harvest Crawfish, Crayfish, Crawdads, mud bugs. Set a few of these out for a day and get a mess of them to eat 'm'up http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Crawfish-Trap
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Old 05-16-2016, 05:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That same trap will catch minnows for you as well. You can use bread as bait to catch the minnows.
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That whole vid for footage of a singular crawfish dallas!? Shit I was expecting to see at least 20
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