I have developed a different technique for catching crawdads than the traditional trap method,it is faster, easier, and most households already have the gear needed. I use a colander to catch crawdads. I will search slower moving water in a stream or small creek,gravel or rocky bottmed streams are better because less dirt is stirred when turning over rocks and other things they hide under.Let`s get to my method, stand behind a rock with the current flowing toward you and slowly lift the rock with the current to keep debris to a minimum,when the water clears and a crawdad is spotted put the colander behind it (crawdads swim backwards) ,then place your other hand in front of the crawdad causing it to make an escape attempt. When the crawdad swims into the colander lift the colander out of the water and put the crawdad in whatever you will use to hold your bait in. The colander having holes in it causes no resistance when you lift it out of the water. Using this method we have caught dozens of crawdads with very little time or effort invested. This is very simple to do, take the kids and have a little fun.