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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
Clay Paradise Pointe Marina - Clay County Parks Dept. 17201 Paradesian Street
Smithville, MO
816-532-5376
Stone Ozarks Bait & Tackle 11863 State Hwy 13 Unit 2
Kimberling City, MO
417-739-1116
Stone Ozark Thunder Marine, Inc. 5 Fire Station Road Ste D
Kimberling City, MO
417-739-1452
Camden Ozark Fisheries, Inc. 1100 Ozarks Fisheries Road
Stoutland, MO
573-765-3227
St. Charles Outpost Bait & Tackle 2360 Highway D
Saint Charles, MO
636-300-3434
Cole Osage Campground 10407 Marina Road
Jefferson City, MO
573-395-4066
Cedar Orleans Trail Marina 15857 S 1525 Road
Stockton, MO
417-276-5161
Lincoln On The Line Bait & Tackle 306 N Main Street
Elsberry, MO
573-898-2974
Morgan Northshore Shopping Center 19554 Wonderland Road
Rocky Mount, MO
573-392-6402
Livingston North Missouri Outdoors 801 Washington Street
Chillicothe, MO
660-707-0630

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