The Paper Shell Crayfish (Orconectes immunis)
Orconectes immunis-paper shell, calico crayfish, or grass crab. Paper-shell crayfish mate during late summer. By mid-October, females have burrowed into the mud. Female crayfish will carry up to 300 eggs through the winter. Eggs hatch in late May. Newly hatched crayfish cling to the female for one or two weeks before wandering off.
**Fish and other livestock are shipped for tropical aquarium, lined pond, or research purposes only unless you possess proper permits. We will not knowingly export any restricted species. Stocking fish in waters of your state, including your private property, may require a stocking permit.
How To Buy Crayfish
Smith Creek Fish Farm is centrally located in Western New York about an hour's drive from Buffalo and Rochester. The hatchery and retail pond supply outlet have seasonal hours for fish pickup and walk-in customers. Our expert fish packers will oxygen bag your fish for easy, safe, and stress-free transport.
We do suggest bringing coolers or totes to hold your bagged fish. Truck delivery of trout, game fish, and forage is available in the WNY area when orders meet our delivery minimums. We also safely ship, by UPS Next Day Air, many of our fish species including triploid grass carp and crayfish.
Unfortunately, we ONLY ship fish to New York addresses. All of our fish are 2024 NY DEC certified disease-free and have been for more than 10 years.