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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
Camden Cathy's Country Corner 538 State Road F
Sunrise Beach, MO
573-374-0595
Howell CC Pets 1319 Southern Hills Ctr
West Plains, MO
417-256-4870
Camden CG's Mini Mart 11947 N State Highway 5
Sunrise Beach, MO
573-374-4433
Dunklin Charlie's Bait Shop 708 First Street
Kennett, MO
573-559-2190
Madison Cherokee Pass Liquor 6597 Business Hwy 67
Fredericktown, MO
573-783-7356
Monroe Chigger Hill Bait & Tackle 34044 Monroe Rd. 466
Stoutsville, MO
573-672-3332
St. Louis Chip Away Lake 13933 Tesson Ferry Road
Saint Louis, MO
314-849-8200
Clay Clay County Parks Dept. 17201 Paradesian Street
Smithville, MO
816-407-3420
Wayne Clearwater Stores, Inc. Highway HH and County Road 360
Piedmont, MO
573-223-4813
Benton Cody's Bait and Tackle 30093 W Dam Access Road
Warsaw, MO
660-438-7664

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