Easter crawfish forecast: larger, cheaper but expect shortages

Easter Crawfish Forecast - Larger, cheaper but expect shortages
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

MORGANZA, LA (WAFB) - They're bigger and they're cheaper this year. According to a farmer in Pointe Coupee Parish, that means you better make your order soon because, like every Holy Week leading up to Easter, demand is high and supply might not keep up.

"It's really true this year because we've been struggling with the high water and cold weather. We just never really had a really good, clean run yet," said Tim LeBlanc, Sr. of LeBlanc's Processing in Morganza.

A few days before Easter, LeBlanc says the crawfish crop, though down in number, is looking big in size.

"One day I come out and they fall through the little holes in the trap and the next day I come and they look big like this," said his son, Tim LeBlanc, Jr. showing off a plump crawfish.

LeBlanc is forecasting prices down from last Easter to between $2.75 and $3 a pound for live mud bugs.

"Prices this year are pretty reasonable. You should be able to buy a good sack of crawfish between $70 to $80 as compared to last year where it was more around $100 to $120," said LeBlanc.

While Tim is at work at the processing plant on LA 1, his son is on the water working the traps. LeBlanc, Jr. boats a pond near Morganza everyday.

"Free money, it's kind of like picking up coins. I like being outside, just the view of the pond," said LeBlanc, Jr.

But his father is reminding consumers to act now if they don't want to be left out this Holy Week and left hungry.

"No matter how much these ponds catch, there's always a shortage during Easter week. It's best you get on the books right now. Get those crawfish booked ahead of time to make sure you have a good Easter Sunday or Good Friday," said LeBlanc.

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