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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.

County Dealersort icon Address Phone
St. Louis Chip Away Lake 13933 Tesson Ferry Road
Saint Louis, MO
314-849-8200
Ralls Country Inn Resort LLC 22938 Highway EE
Center, MO
573-267-3800
Johnson Country Pets & Ponds, LLC 241 NW 21 Road
Warrensburg, MO
660-747-2160
Henry Cozy Corner RV Park 460 SE 91 Road
Clinton, MO
660-885-8824
Madison Custom Lures and Bait 410 Burris Street
Fredericktown, MO
Dakota Wholesale Bait, Inc. 21927 471st Ave.
Brookings, SD
605-693-4422
St. Louis Dennis Hardware, Inc. 1 Gravois Road
Fenton, MO
636-343-9447
Buchanan Dick's Bait 2824 S Belt Highway Suite C
St. Joseph, MO
816-232-3246
Dirk Rawson 10203 Euclid Avenue
Rockport, MO
402-630-5270
Atchison DJ Liquor Store, LLC D/B/A Perry's 17482 US Highway 136 W
Rock Port, MO
660-744-5464

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