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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.

Countysort icon Dealer Address Phone
St. Louis Denny Dennis Sporting Goods 1 Gravois Road
Fenton, MO
636-343-9447
St. Louis M&R Hardware 12112 Bellefontaine Road
Saint Louis, MO
314-741-0200
St. Louis Broadway Sporting 8228 N Broadway
Saint Louis, MO
314-382-9411
St. Francois Shy's Feed and General Merchandise 507 Cedar Street
Bismarck, MO
573-734-2942
St. Francois Mike Kauffmann 3193 Highway OO
Farmington, MO
5733159547
St. Clair Bear's Den 9005 NE Hwy C
Lowry City, MO
417-644-2700
St. Clair Shady Summit 2550 SW H Hwy
Schell City, MO
417-432-3391
St. Clair The ICO Store, LLC 12770 NE Highway C
Osceola, MO
417-646-2221
St. Clair Fuzzy's Bait & Booze 3415 NE Old Highway 13
Osceola, MO
417-646-2325
St. Charles Ponds Plus Water Garden Center 1757 S Old Hwy 94
Saint Charles, MO
636-946-2242

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