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Catching crayfish in winter

Features and technical difficulties of catching crayfish in winter.

As well as fishing, catching crayfish is governed by the rules of fishing. These rules may be slightly modified depending on the particular region. But in general, there is a forbidden winter period for catching arthropods during spawning. Therefore, before you go on the ice, you should first familiarize yourself with the fishing regulations of your region. If we talk about Moscow and the Moscow region, then there is a total ban on catching crayfish all year round. Elsewhere, the ban begins in the fall and lasts until mid-summer. And somewhere you can catch in the winter, but also in certain periods.

In addition to the spawning prohibition, there are also species limitations related to crayfish of wide-angle type. Somewhere in general it is impossible to catch crayfish of this species and breaking the rules can seriously hit the pocket due to penalties. There are also restrictions on the size of caught individuals, where crayfish with a length of less than 9 centimeters should be released back into the reservoir. In other places, the permitted size is already 10 centimeters.

In addition to restrictive measures, the winter time also carries weather difficulties, when one has to mess with the ice hole and splash in the water, setting and checking the rakolovka. But still, enthusiasts and lovers of this business are not reduced. After all, the rate – tasty and dietary meat of cancer. In addition, as in fishing, it has its own excitement, which is understandable only to miners-catchers.

Caught cancer in winter

Crayfish winter has its own peculiarities.
First of all, when choosing a place to install a trap, one should be guided by the same principles as in fishing in winter, which, as is well known, is looking for where it is deeper. Unlike the summer period, when the crayfish at night go to the coastal shallows, in winter they are in deep places. Here they lay their eggs on the gravelly bottom, here they also keep on clay and sandy bottom, avoiding too thick a layer of silt. Most of all crayfish to the clayey bottom, where it is easier for them to make their shelters. Also the mouths of clean streams and springs are considered catching places. Near such sources of clean water, saturated with oxygen, crayfish linger throughout the winter. But crayfish cannot be called haters of warm water, like burbot. They do not live in places with very cold water. All this must be taken into account by the arthropod catcher. And here is another natural feature. Unlike summer, when the water in the shallow waters warms faster than in the pits, in winter the water temperature will be warmer at a depth than in the ground. After all, in coastal shallow waters, the influence of frost and icy winds is much stronger than in the deep twilight.

Another factor in the preference of crayfish to the deep edges is the presence of schools of fish there, which overwinter in the pits, which means that snoi fish inevitably appear in such places, which can serve as food for the crayfish, although it is not an obvious scavenger.

Rakolovki on ice

Despite the fact that ice is on the ponds, crayfish still go hunting at night. But in the daytime there is also a chance of catching arthropods, although such prey is rather episodic. The influence of the weather is just as important in catching crayfish as it is in fishing. For some reason, the periods of activity of the fish coincide with the time of effective catching of crayfish. Apparently, all underwater creatures are subject to the same algorithms.

There are technical difficulties in catching crayfish in winter.
To deliver a rakolovka to the bottom you need to make an ice-hole. If the ice is thick, then this is not the easiest operation. It is necessary to pass with an ax or on the circle around the perimeter, trying not to punch ahead of time a hole in the ice trench, otherwise you will have to chop ice in continuous splashes. It is easier to make a lane with a hacksaw or a chainsaw. For work on the preparation of the mine, the L-1 chemical protection suit, OZK or PVC raincoat is very useful, since the work is related to water, especially in cold weather.

The rakolovki at this time used the most simple, because to plunge under the ice multi-chamber trap or the top is not possible. The most convenient are the traps with two hoops. These are open shells that are effectively caught in the summer. But in order not to chop large openings, it is possible not to fix two hoops of the shells, but to make them moveable and foldable. Then, under the ice, the rakolovka will not be lowered by a plane, which will require the size of a polynya to the size of a rakolovka, and you just need to push it with an edge. True, it will require special traction, which will add, and lay out rakolovka. It’s like in a fishing kerchief.

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