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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
Benton Shoemake's Bait 33783 Highway FF
Edwards, MO
573-345-4248
Morgan Ship's Marina, LLC 25593 Highway 5
Gravois Mills, MO
573-372-6278
St. Clair Shady Summit/Dains Fish Farm 2550 SW H Hwy
Schell City, MO
417-432-3391
Cass Seven Stop, LLC 31 N F Highway
Garden City, MO
816-862-8791
Cape Girardeau Seabaugh's Live Bait & Tackle 425 E Main Street
Jackson, MO
573-243-2383
Ralls Rt J Market 19883 Opry Place
Monroe City, MO
573-735-1031
Daviess Ropps Fur Buying, LLC 33046 Oval Avenue
Jamesport, MO
660-684-6284
Miller Rippin Lips Bait & Vape 459 Highway 42
Kaiser, MO
573-552-8238
Wayne Rich's Chaonia Landing HC 2 Box 114
Williamsville, MO
573-297-3206
Gasconade Rhine Valley Game Calls 1486 Old Iron Road
Hermann, MO
573-301-3167

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