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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
Boone Tombstone Tackle 1206 Business Loop 70W
Columbia, MO
573-874-2277
Hickory TNT Quick Shop RR 82 Box 270
Flemington, MO
417-282-1561
Ralls Timber Ridge Resort 22764 Joanna Drive
Perry, MO
573-565-3135
Adair Thousand Hills Services 20431 State Hwy 157
Kirksville, MO
660-665-3712
Ste. Genevieve The Pet Store 137 N Main Street
Sainte Genevieve, MO
573-883-3125
Monroe The Hunting Corner 1100 US Hwy 24 & 36
Monroe City, MO
573-735-5406
Benton Sterett Creek Marina 18174 Marina Road
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2280
Taney State Park Marina 380 State Park Marina Road
Branson, MO
417-336-5341
Harrison Sportsmans Hut 22141 W State Highway W
Ridgeway, MO
660-868-0934
Monroe South Fork Resort, LLC 36765 Highway 154
Stoutsville, MO
573-565-3500

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