There are 17 different species of crawdads living within Ohio’s waters. Although at first glance they appear quite similar, on close inspection you’ll find that each species exhibits unique qualities that sets them apart from the rest, such as orange or red highlighted pinchers. Take a minute to check out the crawdads that live within our borders by clicking here.
Sometimes, modifying your bait to match the color and size of the crawdads found in the body of water you’re fishing can lead to more bass hookups. Subtle modifications, such as dying the pinchers of your jig trailer or the end of your tube orange can make a big difference. The easiest way to see what your local crayfish look like is to simply search the bottom of your livewell for the leftovers spit out by bass!
Making these modifications is more effective in clear to slightly stained water conditions. If the water you’re fishing is chocolate milk, forget trying to match the natural forage, and instead go with something bulky in a dark color to get their attention.