How to Start a Crawfish Farm

Are you a fish hobbyist who entirely spent your childhood days in catching a crawfish? Then you may know everything about it. Now that you are a grown-up, you cannot just consider catching a crawfish a past time. In fact, this can be a very profitable business which you can venture into.

Since you already have know-how about them, building a crawfish farm can just be a very easy one.

Before you begin your crawfish farm and earn lots of money, of course you need to have several considerations. The very first thing that you need to do is create a business plan that will set everything on a step by step flow. You must also estimate the capital which you need in order for you to get started in this type of business.

Starting a Crawfish Farm

Today, most of the crawfish farmers make use of rice in doubling their crop. A natural pond bed for your crawfish can be a very ideal one for you. But you must know that natural pond bends are hard to find because they only come in few numbers so, if you are not able to find one, you have no choice but to create an artificial one.

After all the necessary tools and materials for the pond, you must proceed in the pond construction. In order for you to be successful in this venture, you must also decide on what tactics to use in the construction process. To drain and flood of water easily, the pond bed must be located in a flat area. For this reason, rice fields can also be a very ideal place for a pond bed. You must also take into consideration the amount of clay loams in the field so that the crawfish burrows will be supported.

Water is also a very important element in the crawfish farming because it is all about water manipulation. So, be sure to locate your pond bed where there is enough supply of water because flooding the field will pave the way for the growth of the crawfish while draining it will cause it to reproduce.

Having enough water is not just enough in the crawfish farming because you also need to control its quality. Just like keeping up a fish tank, you also need to watch the following qualities in the water system: water hardness, ammonia levels and pH levels as well. So, if your water system has a high quality, you can also produce a better crop of the crawfish.

You must also supervise your pond bed to know the things to improve. Springtime is the best season for you to stock the adult crawfish. To facilitate more reproduction, the field must also be drained from June to August. When September comes, the field must be re-flood.

36 Comments

  • Docter said on April 14, 2011
    Hi i always do fishing but i want to know how can i get the agencies, i get lots of fish because i grew in rural areas.
  • sharonne said on November 20, 2011
    I live on a farm that has a river full, please send me further information on how to set up & reach the market
  • Sean Hale said on February 7, 2012
    Im a chef from St. Thomas , originally from the states and an evacuee from Katrina. I've been down here for 7 years and have opened 7 restaurants as a consultant and I totally represent southern French cooking. Crawfish down here don't happen really at all. All the crawfish down here are precooked Chinese crawfish and a real let down. There's is an untapped market for them down here in the virgin islands. My question is . Is it possible to raise crawfish in a tank or a pool and set up a tiered system within for proper rotation??
  • Lena Manougian said on May 20, 2012
    Hello, I live in Beirut, Lebanon. I am really interested in starting a crawfish farm. But, I need an expert that will guide me in every step of the procedure. So, if there is someone that can help me, please, contact me through my e-mail address, as soon as possible. I am serious in my project and am thinking about it for a long time. Many thanks, LENA Manougian Dakessian.
  • chuck said on July 31, 2012
    i live in the n tx area i want to do crayfish farming from a large swimming pool
  • don campbell said on October 21, 2012
    How much does it cost to start a crawfish farm? I do not have a pond and will have to construct one.
  • linda king said on November 30, 2012
    I own thirty five acres of land in marshall county Mississippi. I am very interested in raising crawfish for a profit. I have a pond on the land that needs to be converted to a crawfish pond. I'm hoping to have everything done by the spring. I been thinking about this for over two years, just don't know how to get started, I will be very much like to get started.
  • Chuck Worden said on January 5, 2013
    1/5/2013 1715 i am trying to start a crayfih buis in N. Tx, i will house them in a swimming pool first. any comments. ty Chuck
  • ivory felix said on April 1, 2013
    My question is can i raise crawfish in pool are tank system. Felix brothers crawfish catering houston tx
  • William green said on April 17, 2013
    Hi I was wandering I live in west tennessee not far from memphis. I have about 20 acres and was wandering if it would be possible I would like to build a catfish pond and a crawfish also. Is it possible to do catfish with the crawfish in the same ponds and be able to make a successful business? I was wandering If I could get some comments on whether they would succeed together or would I need separate ponds for them to grow thank you please if any information that would help me I would appreciate it thanks!!
  • Lee Montgomery said on May 16, 2013
    Hello, I have about 3 acres with a 1 acre pond on site in Slidell, La. St. Tammany Parish. I am very interested in turning this area into a crawfish farm but unsure how to get started.
  • parkercai said on July 5, 2013
    I want detailed procedure of starting a crawfish farming
  • Terrence said on September 16, 2013
    Hello, I have 25 acres and two ponds in Seminole Oklahoma. I am very interested in starting a crawfish farm but unsure how to get started, and how to transport. Also I read that it can produce rice as well.
  • chuck said on December 3, 2013
    12 3 1800 Flower Mound, TX. Hello, i live on 6 acres of land, and would like to raise and sell crayfish from galvanized. thanks
  • Lee Fletcher said on December 12, 2013
    I am really interested in starting a crawfish farm. How much does it cost to start a crawfish farm? I live in the UK and would be starting from scratch. Kind Regards Lee
  • jose monty said on February 3, 2014
    Hey. I would like to know how much it would cost to start a crawfish pond. I just bought 3 acres of land and would like to build a pond from scratch. Please send as much info as possible as i am very interested in undertaking this endeavor! Thank you.
  • Greman Tiu said on February 23, 2014
    Hi, its my first experienced tonight to dine in The Crawfish House in West Grove and it was so amazing i loved it so much and that i want to learn more abt it : how much does it cost? how to put up a business in glendale CA. is it possible ? hope you can reply me soon. thanks, Greman
  • shadeen shadid said on August 15, 2014
    I have 26 acres in Bryan Tx would like to know all the good points on doing a crawfish farm . Thanx. Shadeen Shadid
  • shadeen shadid said on August 19, 2014
    i would like to start a crawfish farm in Bryan Tx
  • Scott Fabian said on November 30, 2014
    I own five acres of sandy/silty land with low clay content in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. I'm considering the practicality/profitability of constructing an underground fish ranch using large diameter PVC irrigation pipe; surrounded by rebar and concrete. Tentative experimental plans involve raising tilapia, catfish, prawns, crawfish, and possibly a few saltwater species. Fish ranches are common in China, and the University of Missouri has compiled much data on aquaculture, but I've yet to see any data on doing this underground. Any suggestions, data, or ideas?
  • terry said on February 25, 2015
    WOULD LIKE TO START UP A CRAWFISH POND IN THE BACK OF MY BAYHOUSE PROPERTY. I HAVE AN AREA ABOUT 160' by 450' That I HAVE CLEARED. IT HAS A SMALL RUNNING STREAM THAT DISECTS THE PROPERTY AND I HAVE A WELL WATER PUMP FOR WATER USE. BASE GROUND IS FERTILE WITH A CLAY BASE FOR BURROUGHS. I WOULD LIKE TO BUILD POND TO 140' by 300' AND HAVE READ AN ABUNDANT AMOUNT OF ARTICLES RE:CRAWFISH BREEDING AND MANAGEMENT. I HAVE ALREADY DESIGNED MY BLUEPRINT FOR BUILDING AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT MY NEXT STEP IN THIS PROCESS DO YOU RECOMMEND AT THIS TIME? THANKS....
  • Russell Moore said on April 9, 2015
    3725b bayou rd St. Bernard Louisiana I have the land to create a large commercial crawfish pond .would like to build and start crawfish farming as a business.
  • Alan Masters said on April 12, 2015
    i live in NE Oklahoma and have a out of date poultry farm that has 3 houses on the property. The houses are 40'x500'. How can I turn these buildings into a indoor crawfish farm. Thank you. Alan Masters.
  • Don said on May 19, 2015
    Hello, I live in north Texas and had land in south east Asia. I am very interesting know how to be star a Crawfish farm in Asia. Many Thank.
  • Ricky Hays said on May 21, 2015
    north Louisiana, Springhill. question is, I have around a 3 acre shallow pond, that has a stream that circulates the water. even though it gets cold in the winter time would I still be able to produce crawfish as a good profit there in a 3 acre pond, if I planted rice?
  • Dana said on June 11, 2015
    I have an aquaculture farm for lease or sale. Has 10 establish ponds with room for more plus 20 x 42 shed and a tool shed. Make a great crawfish farm!! Located in Hancock County, MS, 4 miles from I-10.
  • Pheary said on June 25, 2015
    I'm interested in crawfish farming in Minnesota. I want to purchase an old rice paddy for start up. Is crawfish farming in Minnesota possible considering the freeze?
  • Joshua Elliston said on June 26, 2015
    I would like to get all the info on crawfish farming for all year long
  • Marty martinez said on September 6, 2015
    Conroe tx, USA
  • Sarah Bahamas said on October 9, 2015
    I have a ranch in middle Texas and would like to start a craw fish farm.If anyone has more info or is an expert in crawfish farming,please contact me. Thank you very much!
  • Jack yong Gao said on October 31, 2015
    Hello,I come from China, my family members, has a wealth of experience in Chinese breeding crawfish. I am currently living in Houston, to establish crawfish breeding ranch in Texas, very interested, we can seriously explore in your farm project cooperation.
  • Trey said on November 4, 2015
    So I live in east tx and am looking to boost crawfish in my bass pond to add to their food source. I just need the name of a supplier for crawfish starters
  • Eric said on November 8, 2015
    Mr.Gao, I am planning to start a craw fish farm in south Dallas.Could you please send me your information.thank you,sincerely.
  • OMAR FARUk said on February 13, 2016
    I am Faruk. I am from Bangladesh, South Asia. I am very much interested to farming Crawfish farming. In my country weather I mean what type location or field, Water, depth of water required. At last the market place. Pls give me as early.
  • Felicia Keim said on May 7, 2016
    my name is felicia and I live in Oklahoma and would like to start a crawfish business. weather wise is oklahoma to cold to be able to do this
  • Selena Collins said on August 8, 2016
    Is it mandatory to drain the pond

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