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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.

County Dealersort icon Address Phone
Ozark Big Bob's Bait & Tackle 206 High Street
Gainesville, MO
417-679-0067
Ralls Blackjack Marina, Inc. PO Box 310
Perry, MO
573-565-2233
St. Charles Bobby T's One Stop, Inc. 2234 N 3rd Street
Saint Charles, MO
636-946-1722
Henry Bucksaw Resort & Marina 670 SE 803 Road
Clinton, MO
660-477-3900
Lincoln Buzzy's Sporting Goods & Liquor 208 N Lincoln Drive
Troy, MO
636-528-4060
Ralls Cannon Dam General Store 42526 Cabin Road
Perry, MO
573-565-3432
DeKalb CBStoney's Bait and Tackle 295 W Georgie Street
Osborn, MO
816-244-9409
Monroe Chigger Hill Bait & Tackle 34044 Monroe Rd. 466
Stoutsville, MO
573-672-3332
Johnson Country Pets & Ponds, LLC 241 NW 21 Road
Warrensburg, MO
660-747-2160
Madison Custom Lures and Bait 410 Burris Street
Fredericktown, MO

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