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
Johnson Matthews Ace Hardware 401 N. State Street
Knob Noster, MO
660-563-6332
Johnson Hill Valley Acres 114 NE 500th Road
Warrensburg, MO
660-747-5238
Johnson Holden Package Store 107 S Pine Street
Holden, MO
816-732-4822
Johnson Timber Ridge Hatchery 1049 SE 475 Road
Knob Noster, MO
660-233-2111
Laclede Fort Bennett Tradin' Post 11448 Hwy 64
Lebanon, MO
417-588-1391
Laclede MO Parks Inc. 26248 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO
517-532-4307
Laclede Lil Country Store 15970 Highway 64
Lebanon, MO
417-532-2578
Lafayette Corn's Shop 223 S 2nd Street
Odessa, MO
816-633-4999
Lafayette Red Shanty 2201 Highway 13
Higginsville, MO
660-584-2204
Lewis Jesse's Place 612 N 4th Street
La Belle, MO
660-213-3174

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