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
Taney Tri Lakes Rod & Reel 16320 Highway 160
Forsyth, MO
Stone Ozarks Bait & Tackle 11863 State Hwy 13 Unit 2
Kimberling City, MO
Stone Ozark Thunder Marine, Inc. 5 Fire Station Road Ste D
Kimberling City, MO
Stoddard American Outdoors 2104 N Outer Road
Dexter, MO
Shelby The Outdoor Store, LLC 7528 Highway T
Shelbina, MO
Scotland Hillside Gun Shed RR 1 Box 55W
Memphis, MO
Saline Blind Pony Nursery 1119 N Miami
Marshall, MO
St. Louis Cabela's Wholesale, Inc. dba Cabela's Inc. 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd. Suite 167
Hazelwood, MO
St. Louis Valley Park Elevator 2 Marshal Road
Valley Park, MO
St. Louis Paul's Bait & Tackle, Inc. 4421 Chippewa Street
Saint Louis, MO

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