HOUMA, La. - The long, cold winter means crawfish are scarce and expensive.

During cold weather, crawfish stay at the bottom of their ponds or streams, and don't eat. That means they're much smaller than usual for this time of year - and they're not taking the bait in crawfish traps.

Todd Quebedeaux owns All Dat Seafood in Houma. He says he's waiting for the price to come down before selling mudbugs again.

At Fisherman's Cove in Kenner, owner Rene Cross Jr. says he's getting about 50 sacks a day - half the usual amount this time of year. He was selling live crawfish for $3.90 a pound.

In Houma, two restaurants were selling boiled crawfish for $7 a pound.

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