Michelle Southern reporting.
It's a beautiful weekend to have a crawfish boil and the good news for restaurants, farmers and consumers is that the supply of mudbugs continues to be great for this time of year. LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Mark Shirley says the catch is only going to get better.
"I think going into the spring we're going to have a slow increase in production just about everyday," said Shirley.
Shirley says it's still too early to know if 2017 will break any records or be a standout year for mudbugs, however. He says you're starting to see the prices come down big time from the January high.
"But then as we get a more dependable volume coming in, you'll start to see the prices come down further," said Shirley. "So if you've been waiting to eat some crawfish, you don't have to wait any longer."
Shirley says while the mild winter has kept the crawfish a bit larger than usual for this point in the season, they're still in the small-medium range right now.
"That size should increase with some nice weather and as we get on into springtime," said Shirley. "Most of them just need one more molt to get to be a really nice size crawfish."