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.

County Dealersort icon Address Phone
Monroe The Hunting Corner 1100 US Hwy 24 & 36
Monroe City, MO
Cedar The Happy Hook Bait Shop 16004 E Highway 32
Stockton, MO
Wayne The Corner Store HC 2 Box 116 A
Williamsville, MO
Clinton The Bow Hut 306 N Walnut Street
Cameron, MO
Chariton The Bottle 209 W Highway 24
Salisbury, MO
Henry Tebo Creek Bait Stop 96 SE Highway PP
Clinton, MO
Randolph T-n-T Bait 1671 CR 1315
Moberly, MO
Wayne Sundowner Marine HC 2 Box 2022
Wappapello, MO
Benton Sterett Creek Marina 18174 Marina Road
Warsaw, MO
Taney State Park Marina 380 State Park Marina Road
Branson, MO

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