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.

Live Bait Dealers

Countysort icon Dealer Address Phone
Benton Lakeway Quick Shop 26955 Highway H
Lincoln, MO
660-668-4448
Benton JP's Beer N Bait 31604 Highway 83
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2380
Benton Pandora's Happy Box 107 N 65 Highway
Lincoln, MO
660-547-2452
Benton Osage Bluff Marina 17393 Osage Bluff Rd
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2939
Boone Bass Pro Shops, LLC 3101 Bass Pro Drive
Columbia, MO
573-886-7223
Boone Tombstone Tackle 1206 Business Loop 70W
Columbia, MO
573-874-2277
Buchanan J & B Outdoors, LLC 2722 S Leonard Road
St. Joseph, MO
816-273-0036
Camden Ozark Fisheries, Inc 1100 Ozarks Fisheries Rd
Stoutland, MO
573-765-3227
Camden Osage Beach Bait & Tackle, LLC 5441 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO
573-348-9333
Cape Girardeau Foutz's Hunting & Fishing LLC 68 S Plaza Way
Cape Girardeau, MO
573-335-0022

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