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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. Charles South 94 Bait-n-Tackle 6301 Weldon Spring Road
Saint Charles, MO
636-939-5249
Henry Snyder Corner 874 SE Highway Z
Deepwater, MO
417-644-7307
Butler Slabber Daves Sporting Goods 9714 Highway T
Wappapello, MO
573-222-7424
Macon Sinclair Mini Mart 28841 Sunset Drive
Macon, MO
660-385-4320
St. Francois Shy's Feed and General Merchandise 507 Cedar Street
Bismarck, MO
573-734-2942
Morgan Ships Marina 25593 Highway 5
Gravois Mills, MO
573-372-6278
Camden Shawnee Market 873 State Road MM
Sunrise Beach, MO
573-374-4466
Cass Seven Stop, LLC 31 N F Highway
Garden City, MO
816-862-8791
Cass Rustin Flagg 508 Silverado Trails
Belton, MO
816-718-3385
Lewis Russ Heindselman 709A Route C
La Grange, MO
573-655-4639

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