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
St. Louis 367 Bait and Tackle, LLC / Baitshop Unlimited LLC 11841 Benham Road
Saint Louis, MO
St. Louis Chip Away Lake 13933 Tesson Ferry Road
Saint Louis, MO
St. Louis Dennis Hardware, Inc. 1 Gravois Road
Fenton, MO
St. Louis M&R Hardware 12112 Bellefontaine Road
Saint Louis, MO
St. Louis Broadway Sporting 8228 N Broadway
Saint Louis, MO
St. Francois Shy's Feed and General Merchandise 507 Cedar Street
Bismarck, MO
Ste. Genevieve The Pet Store 137 N Main Street
Sainte Genevieve, MO
St. Clair Bear's Den 9005 NE Hwy C
Lowry City, MO
St. Clair Shady Summit/Dains Fish Farm 2550 SW H Hwy
Schell City, MO
St. Clair The ICO Store, LLC 12770 NE Highway C
Osceola, MO

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