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Live Mormon Crickets fetch 25 cents apiece from fishermen fishing for squawfish on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in WA & OR. It is illegal to transport live ones across state lines 200.gif but they can be blanched (boiled for 30 seconds in water with a touch of garlic powder), drained and then frozen in quart sized ziplock baggies of 100 and will still fetch good money. A folded paper towel in each frozen baggie helps keep them in good condition.

The hard part is keeping them from eating each other after you catch them. Putting 20 or 25 live crickets in a gallon ziplock with a couple paper towels and immediately putting the bag on ice will make them last a week. Folding the bag and removing most of the air lets you put more bags in the cooler.

If anyone wants to make some money this summer, send me a PM.

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How do you catch them and where? What do they look like? Are they bait that can generally be used to attract most fish? Michael B.

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The mormon crickets can disappear for twenty years or more and then all of a sudden appear in the millions for one summer or sometimes two or three summers in a row then the next year there may be almost none. Feast or famine critters. there's either millions or none.---bob

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