Redclaw have the potential to impact aquatic ecosystems through modification of natural habitats, direct predation, competition with native species and the introduction of crayfish diseases. Like many freshwater pest fish, once populations of redclaw have become established, eradication is almost impossible. As with all non-natives, this fact highlights the importance of preventing non-native species like redclaw from entering or spreading further in our waterways!
How to tell the difference between a Yabby and a
Cherax destructor, or the common native Yabby, have two raised longitudinal ridges on top of their heads. In contrast, Cherax quadricarinatus, or Redclaw crayfish, have four raised longitudinal ridges on top of their heads.
Bait for Redclaw Crayfish:
Common redclaw baits include fish frames, chicken frames, half-cooked potatoes, rockmelon, dog and cat biscuits, pilchards and cheese. Redclaw are supposedly vegetarians, so the variety is endless.
Your local tackle shop sells yabby traps that are suitable for Redclaw Crayfish
Video showing how to catch Redclaw Crayfish:
Please read your local Fisheries regulations about catching crayfish, here in Queensland you are allowed 4 traps/pots with no size and bag limits on the redclaw themselves. The feed shown here fed 3 people twice.