2018 Crawfish season suffers from deep freeze
Louisiana's winters are generally wet and mild, which makes for perfect conditions to breed plenty of big fat crawfish, but near record lows have halted production of the 2018 crawfish season.
If these freezing temperatures continue, it could kill off a large part of the 2018 crawfish harvest, and we can expect much smaller crawfish.
With water temperatures dropping below 50° in south Lousiana, Most of the crawfish are burrowing underground to find warmth. When crawfish bury themselves in the mud at the bottom of ponds, they do not eat. Since the crawfish are hibernating, this means that crawfish will be smaller in size for the rest of January, until they come back out and start eating again.
Although crayfish are more scarce because of the cold, prices have not risen. The price of crawfish will likely go down as supply goes up in February and March, when the temperatures start to warm again. But if the cold weather continues, we could be looking at some skimpy mudbugs on our tables for the rest of the season.
The 2018 Crawfish season isn't a loss just yet. As the weather heats up, so should the supply. The current volume of crawfish in the traps are down, but the quality is not. Which leads us to believe that we could still have a good crawfish season.