Live Bait Dealers

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
Bates J & J Enterprises 1907 NE County road 2004
Butler, MO
Bates Pet UR Bait 1907 NE County road 2004
Butler, MO
Benton Bakers Bait & Tackle 205 N 65 Hwy
Lincoln, MO
Benton Get a Bite 29828 Highway M
Edwards, MO
Benton Sterett Creek Marina 18174 Marina Road
Warsaw, MO
Benton Puddle Jumpers Bait & Country Mart 11429 Highway Z
Warsaw, MO
Benton Long Shoal Marina 12735 Steam Boat Road
Warsaw, MO
Benton Lakeway Quick Shop 26955 Highway H
Lincoln, MO
Benton JP's Beer & Bait 31604 Highway 83
Warsaw, MO
Benton Truman State Park Marina 14950 State Park Road E
Warsaw, MO

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