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Crayfish, sometimes called crawdads or mudbugs, are excellent bait.

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The St. Francis crayfish lives only in tributaries of the St. Francis River in St. Francois, Iron, Madison and Wayne counties of Missouri.

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"Back Cover" for the March 2000 Missouri Conservationist.

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Photo of a belted crayfish, also called Big River crayfish.

Belted Crayfish (Big River Crayfish)

Orconectes harrisoni
The belted crayfish is medium-small, tan, with a distinctive pattern of alternating olive-green and reddish-brown bands on the abdominal segments. It is found only in the Big River and its tributaries.

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Photo of a belted crayfish, also called Big River crayfish.

Belted Crayfish (Big River Crayfish)

The belted crayfish, or Big River crayfish, is medium-small, tan, with a distinctive pattern of alternating olive-green and reddish-brown bands on the abdominal segments. A broad, blackish band spans both sides of the cervical groove (the groove separating head and thorax). A second blackish band is located at the junction of the carapace and abdomen. This species is found only in the Big River and its tributaries.

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Photo of a Big Creek crayfish.

Big Creek Crayfish

Orconectes peruncus
The Big Creek crayfish is moderately small and brown. It has a very localized distribution centered in Big Creek and its tributaries, in the St. Francis River basin. It lacks bright colors, but blackish specks and blotches occur over the top surfaces of the body and pincers.

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Photo of a Big Creek crayfish.

Big Creek Crayfish

The Big Creek crayfish is moderately small and brown. It has a very localized distribution centered in Big Creek and its tributaries, in the St. Francis River basin. It lacks bright colors, but blackish specks and blotches occur over the top surfaces of the body and pincers.

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Big Fish in Small Streams

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Finding lunker smallmouth in creeks takes a lot of effort.

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Photo of a Cajun dwarf crayfish.

Cajun Dwarf Crayfish

The Cajun dwarf crayfish is reddish brown to gray, with a paired series of dark, wavy stripes or dashed lines along the dorsal surface. In Missouri, it is found in the lowlands of the southeast or the Mississippi River floodplain.

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Photo of a swamp dwarf crayfish.

Cajun Dwarf Crayfish and Swamp Dwarf Crayfish

Cambarellus puer and C. shufeldtii
Our two species of dwarf crayfish are both reddish brown to gray, with a paired series of dark, wavy stripes or dashes along the dorsal surface. In Missouri, both are found in the lowlands of the southeast or the Mississippi River floodplain.

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