How to catch Somerset Dam Redclaw

We caught up with local fisherman Gary and his family, to learn about the best methods for catching and cooking this native freshwater crayfish.  


How to catch Somerset Dam Redclaw

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If you visit Somerset Dam in the warmer months, it’s the ideal spot to test your skills at pot fishing for redclaw as the dam is crawling with them. They’re not only fun to catch, but they’re incredibly easy to cook up and amazingly delicious to eat.

In this short 3-part video series, you’ll learn from local fisherman Gary how to catch and cook the popular Somerset redclaw.

What you’ll need:

  • Opera House Pot – This trap is ideally suited for use in all freshwater dams and waterways, which makes it the perfect solution for catching redclaw in Somerset Dam. You can pick up a pot from store such as Kmart, BCF and local fishing tackle shops.
  • Float – In most cases, a pot should be fixed for a float, preferably 150m in thin rope length. Make sure to write your name, phone number and address on there in waterproof marker.)
  • Bait – We recommend rockmelons.

How to catch:

Fun fact – Redclaw are primarily vegetarian, so the best bait to use is overripe fruits such as rockmelon, kiwifruit and watermelon. You can also use pumpkin, potatoes and peas.

When it comes to catching redclaw, put the bait in the pot, close it up and throw it in the water, followed up the float. Leave it for a few hours, ideally overnight, before returning to the pot and claiming your prize!

How to cook:

Before cooking redlaw, brush the cut surface with butter. Cook the redclaw shell side down on a BBQ, just like you could with any other shellfish. Turn and cook flesh side down for a further minute or until cooked through. Add salt and serve – it’s that easy.

There’s plenty of BBQs around Somerset Dam that you can access for free. So grab yourself a few BBQ tools, plates and cutlery and you’ve got yourself a Somerset Dam seafood picnic just waiting to happen.

Somerset Dam is waiting for you.

Set right on the beautiful Somerset Dam, NRMA Lake Somerset Holiday Park is the ideal spot for a fishing and camping getaway.

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