Thinking about next season

May 9, 2011

It seems that the season will soon be coming to an end for some. I am hoping that everyone had a successful year and were able to meet all goals set. When preparing for next season, now is a great time to think about what you would like to do differently or what issues you plan to address for the upcoming season. Of course, we can never predict many things in this business; but that unpredictability makes for an interesting commodity. As a reflection of this last season, you may want to ask yourself a few questions:

1. Was the pond overpopulated?

2. Should I rework levees?

 3. Was my trapping schedule optimal for this years harvest?

4. Did I manage my forage crop in the best way possible?

5. Should I restock?

6. What would I like to see different next year?

These decisions now will play a part in how next year will perform for you. The best time to start thinking about a course of action is sooner rather than later.

For those of you who will continue catching, make sure to monitor water quality in the ponds to help the crawfish stay healthy enough to produce a crop for next year. As the temperatures get warmer, the ponds have a potential to lose water quality much more quickly. If the crawfish population dies off now, the early catch for flood up next season will be negatively impacted.

I hope everyone has a great week.



6 Responses to “Thinking about next season”

  1. Stacy said

    Richard, I plan on stocking a new pond this year I have did alot of levee work and leveling work in it in the last few weeks, My question is due to the dirt work I have no vegetation what so ever, is this going to hurt me when I go to stock it in the next few weeks?

  2. we were wondering what your thoughts were about the basin crawfish this year and if all the flooding will impact the remaining part of the season. We have never seen crawfish prices this high and was just wondering your thoughts on how and when the season would officially be over. We have several large events booked for June and July.

    • It seems that the extra water will being levels in the basin up much higher, enough so trapping will become much more difficult for wild crawfishermen (unless some secrets exist that will allow some to benefit otherwise). This higher level of water will probably be around for the next few weeks.
      As for the price, that is always difficult to determine, but we can hope for the best for everyone who is still catching. I am seeing many pull traps, whether it be for rice production or the increased difficulty found with maintaining water quality in higher temperatures. Only time can tell.



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