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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
Lewis Jesse's Place 612 N 4th Street
La Belle, MO
660-213-3174
Taney Jet Tackle Shop 20333 Highway 160
Forsyth, MO
417-546-5611
Cass Jim Stewert 1204 E Pine Street
Harrisonville, MO
816-929-9847
Benton JP's Beer & Bait 31604 Highway 83
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2380
Adair Kolb Concessions, LLC 20431 State Highway 157
Kirksville, MO
660-665-7119
Adair KV Bait Shop 315 S Davis Street
Kirksville, MO
660-627-2070
Polk Lakey's Bait & Fuel 5032 Highway 123
Aldrich, MO
417-694-8012
Lincoln Liberty Arms of Missouri 4033 E Highway 47
Winfield, MO
573-898-3005
Taney Lilley's Landing Resort 367 River Lane
Branson, MO
417-334-6380
Macon Long Branch Marina 28615 Visitor Center Road
Macon, MO
660-773-5229

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