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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
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
417-399-1001
Hickory TNT Quick Shop RR 82 Box 270
Flemington, MO
417-282-1561
Ralls Timber Ridge Resort 22764 Joanna Drive
Perry, MO
573-565-3135
Johnson Timber Ridge Hatchery 1049 SE 475 Road
Knob Noster, MO
660-233-2111
Hickory The Trading Post RR 2 Box 2129
Hermitage, MO
417-745-6432
Clark The Shaft Shop RR 1 Box 176 S
Kahoka, MO
660-727-2402
Shelby The Outdoor Store 7528 Highway T
Shelbina, MO
816-876-3844
St. Clair The ICO Store, LLC 12770 NE Highway C
Osceola, MO
417-646-2221

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