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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. Clair Bear's Den 9005 NE Hwy C
Lowry City, MO
417-644-2700
St. Clair Shady Summit/Dains Fish Farm 2550 SW H Hwy
Schell City, MO
417-432-3391
St. Charles Ponds Plus Water Garden Center 1757 S Old Highway 94
Saint Charles, MO
636-946-2242
St. Charles Bullseye Bait & Tackle 266 Fort Zumwalt Square
O' Fallon, MO
636-281-3524
St. Charles Bobby T's One Stop, Inc. 2234 N 3rd Street
Saint Charles, MO
636-946-1722
St. Charles Outpost Bait & Tackle 2360 Highway D
Saint Charles, MO
636-300-3434
Randolph Wyatt's Bait & Tackle 1290 County Road 2615
Moberly, MO
660-651-2408
Ralls Nemo Bait & Fisheries 28880 Highway 19
Perry, MO
573-565-3271
Ralls Hobbie Hut, LLC 28880 Highway 19
Perry, MO
573-565-3150
Ralls Country Inn Resort LLC 22938 Highway EE
Center, MO
573-267-3800

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