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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.

Countysort icon Dealer Address Phone
Benton Long Shoal Marina 12735 Steam Boat Road
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2841
Benton Truman Lake Resort, LLC 37394 Highway K
Warsaw, MO
660-438-7576
Benton Shoemake's Bait 33783 Highway FF
Edwards, MO
573-345-4248
Benton Trailside General Store 32707 Berry Bend Avenue
Warsaw, MO
663-438-5122
Boone Bass Pro Shops, LLC 3101 Bass Pro Drive
Columbia, MO
573-886-7100
Boone Tombstone Tackle 1206 Business Loop 70W
Columbia, MO
573-874-2277
Boone Show-Me Fishing Lure Inovations 929 E Highway 22
Centralia, MO
573-682-3444
Buchanan J & B Outdoors 2722 S Leonard Road
St. Joseph, MO
816-273-0036
Camden Fitz Fishing Tackle & Supplies 3621 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach, MO
573-693-9299
Camden Ozark Fisheries, Inc. 1100 Ozarks Fisheries Road
Stoutland, MO
573-765-3227

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