Rat's Crawdad Trap

Discussion in 'Catfishing Library' started by Whistler, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

    Original post made by William Sipes(Riverrat) on January 7, 2003

    The trap shown is 15 inches long by 13 inches wide by 7 inches tall. To make one this size,
    you will need a sheet of hardware cloth approx 41 X 30 inches, a handle with nuts, bolts and washers, a pair of wire cutters, and a marker.
    First thing, lay out the cloth and cut a piece 15 inches wide and measuring 41 inches long. To cut the 41" piece to fit, measure up 40 inches and make a mark. Go the NEXT box of squares up from the mark and make your cut, just below the line of the top of the squares, which will leave the sides of the squares sticking out like little spikes. It should look like this.
    Go back to the end where you started measuring, and measure out 13 inches and make a mark, then up another 7 inches and make a mark. From there, go up another 13 inches and make a mark, then another 7 inches and make a mark. Fold the cloth on these marks, forming the box. Using a pair of needlenose pliers, fold the spikes over into the squares where they meet, attaching the sheets ends together.
    Take the remaining piece of cloth and mark out 2 pieces, 7 inches tall by 13 inches wide. On both sides and the bottoms of these pieces, cut them out on the NEXT box above the marks, leaving the spikes sticking out like you did for the box. Place one in each end of the box at an angle to form a ramp, folding the spikes in the bottom over into the squares at the opening of the box, and do the same at both sides. You want a gap of about 1 [size=-2]1/2[/size] inches between the top of the ramp and the top of the box. This allows the crawdads to enter the box, but makes it difficult for them to escape.
    Add the handle to the top and it is done. To empty the crawdads, either turn the trap upside down and allow them to crawl out, or cut a hinged lid in the top with a locking device. Total cost for this is less than $10 compared to $30 to $40 for a commercially made trap. When done, it should look like this.