It’s mid-November and crawfish farmers are already setting up traps and putting down bait.
The flood a few months ago and the dry streak with no rain that followed, all directly impacted the farmers. Especially those who harvest rice as well.
Adlar Stelly has been in the business for over 15 years and says he’s ready for this crawfish season.
“For me down here it was really tough because I had to pump the water for 30 days for the rice crop then turn around, and for another 30 days put the water right back in,” said Stelly.
Despite the weather delay, Stelly said there is still hope for future crawfish boils.
“I think we still have a chance at having a pretty good season.”
Although it is looking like a slower start to the season, Stelly said with this warm weather, there will still plenty of time to catch up.
Some restaurants like Hook & Boil rely heavily on local crawfish farms.
“Crawfish is important to our culture, important to out state, it’s what were known for. It brings us business revenue from people coming in to try it, its a delicacy, we all love it, it brings us all together,” says Candace Cooper from Hook & Boil.
Stelly said crawfish could go for a little over $3 a pound because of how early in the season it is.