Live Bait Dealers

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.

County Dealersort icon Address Phone
Ralls Cannon Dam General Store 42526 Cabin Road
Perry, MO
Lafayette Carson's Feed Store, Inc. 1650 Highway 13
Higginsville, MO
DeKalb CBStoney's Bait and Tackle 295 W Georgie Street
Osborn, MO
Camden CG's Mini Mart 11947 N State Highway 5
Sunrise Beach, MO
Dunklin Charlie's Catfish Pond & Bait 15875 County Road 500
Madison Cherokee Pass Liquor 6597 Business Highway 67
Fredericktown, MO
Monroe Chigger Hill Bait & Tackle 34044 Monroe Rd. 466
Stoutsville, MO
St. Louis Chip Away Lake 13933 Tesson Ferry Road
Saint Louis, MO
Ralls Country Inn Resort LLC 22938 Highway EE
Center, MO
Johnson Country Pets & Ponds, LLC 241 NW 21 Road
Warrensburg, MO

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