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ATTENTION ANGLERS: Live crayfish regulations change March 1, 2014

Effective March 1, 2014, the sale of one crayfish species, the virile (or northern) crayfish (Orconectes virilis), will be allowed for use as live fish bait in Missouri. HOWEVER, live virile crayfish may not be imported into the state.

Before you buy, know your fish’s favorite foods

The best bait or lure depends on what kind of fish you want to catch and where. Browse our Fishing How-Tos under Related Information below to research the kinds of fish you’re after and find out what they eat.

Registered bait dealers help protect Missouri's fishing waters

Browse live-bait dealers who sell only approved species that help Missouri anglers avoid spreading harmful aquatics, such as rusty crayfish and Asian carp minnows. Visit Don’t Spread Crayfish and Asian Carp Control below to learn more about how these invasive species hurt your fishing prospects.

If you collect live bait yourself, make sure to visit Live Bait Regulations below, and always collect bait in the area where you are fishing. When you’re ready to go home, be sure to throw unused live bait in the trash so your favorite fishing waters stay healthy and productive.

Countysort icon Dealer Address Phone
Wayne Miller's Bait & Tackle 201 Piedmont Avenue
Piedmont, MO
573-233-3195
Wayne Lost Creek Lodge, LLC HC 3 Box 3390
Greenville, MO
573-297-3351
Wayne Sundowner Marine HC 2 Box 2022
Wappapello, MO
573-222-8622
Wayne The Corner Store HC 2 Box 116 A
Williamsville, MO
573-297-3475
Wayne Rich's Chaonia Landing HC 2 Box 114
Williamsville, MO
573-297-3206
Wayne Clearwater Stores, Inc. Highway HH and County Road 360
Piedmont, MO
573-223-4813
Stone Ozarks Bait & Tackle 11863 State Hwy 13 Unit 2
Kimberling City, MO
417-739-1116
Stone Ozark Thunder Marine, Inc. 5 Fire Station Road Ste D
Kimberling City, MO
417-739-1452
Stoddard American Outdoors 2104 N Outer Road
Dexter, MO
573-624-5421
Shelby The Outdoor Store 7528 Highway T
Shelbina, MO
816-876-3844

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