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.

County Dealersort icon Address Phone
Franklin Arts Sport & Liquor 8 E Fitzgerald Avenue
Gerald, MO
573-764-2323
Clark Bait & More Tackle 127 South Mulberry Street
Alexandria, MO
660-754-1042
Henry Bait and More 222 N 2nd Street
Clinton, MO
660-890-2248
Benton Bakers Bait & Tackle 205 N 65 Hwy
Lincoln, MO
660-547-3350
Camden Ballentine's 5-81, LLC 5681 Old Route 5
Camdenton, MO
573-873-5605
Perry Barnes Mart 509 S Kings Highway
Perryville, MO
573-547-4150
Boone Bass Pro Shops, LLC 3101 Bass Pro Drive
Columbia, MO
573-886-7223
Adair Bear Creek Trapping Supply 212 N Front Street
Kirksville, MO
660-216-3373
St. Clair Bear's Den 9005 NE Hwy C
Lowry City, MO
417-644-2700
Nodaway Big Birds Bait & Bows 216 N Main St.
Maryville, MO
660-582-8990

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