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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
St. Louis Valley Park Elevator 2 Marshal Road
Valley Park, MO
636-225-7100
Benton Truman State Park Marina 14950 State Park Road E
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2423
Benton Truman Lake Resort, LLC 37394 Highway K
Warsaw, MO
660-438-7576
Crawford True Life Taxidermy and Sporting Goods 136 E Pine Street
Bourbon, MO
573-732-4868
Grundy Triangle C Ranch 3017 Highway 6
Trenton, MO
660-359-6849
Hickory Triangle Rt. 1 Box 2104
Wheatland, MO
417-282-5959
Taney Tri Lakes Rod & Reel 16320 Highway 160
Forsyth, MO
417-546-3928
Benton Trailside General Store 32707 Berry Bend Avenue
Warsaw, MO
663-438-5122
Boone Tombstone Tackle 1206 Business Loop 70W
Columbia, MO
573-874-2277
Hickory Tom McClure Rt 2 Box 2141 C
Hermitage, MO
417-770-4598

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