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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
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
Phelps DJ's Package & Sporting Goods 214 N Jefferson Street
St. James, MO
573-265-8138
Franklin Don's Bait & Tackle 1340 Parkway Drive
Saint Clair, MO
636-629-1712
Andrew Donald R. Wray 2820 Jennifer Lane
Country Club, MO
816-390-7021
Linn Eagle's Nest Cafe 13126 Highway 36
Meadville, MO
660-938-4555
Clay Ectonville's On Your Way 8407 NE 92 Highway
Smithville, MO
816-532-2248
Monroe Elk Fork Campground LLC 31298 Hwy 154
Paris, MO
660-676-9433
Henry Everhart's Outdoor Supply, LLC 511 E Hillcrest Drive
Clinton, MO
660-885-4436

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