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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
Polk Hooker's Bait 209 E Elm Street
Fair Play, MO
417-599-8161
Platte Leupold's Farm 24692 Highway 92
Platte City, MO
816-546-3366
Pike 54 Guns Pawn & More LLC 202 Brown Lane
Louisiana, MO
573-754-6687
Pike Phil Waddell 8105 Pike 1
Frankford, MO
573-784-2655
Phelps 24 HR Bait Shop 16875 State Route J
Newburg, MO
573-336-5459
Phelps DJ's Package & Sporting Goods 214 N Jefferson Street
St. James, MO
573-265-8138
Perry Barnes Mart 509 S Kings Highway
Perryville, MO
573-547-4150
Ozark Big Bob's Bait & Tackle 206 High Street
Gainesville, MO
417-679-0067
Osage Mari Osa Delta Campground 285 Mari Osa Delta Lane
Jefferson City, MO
573-455-2452
Osage Pearon Bait Shop 656 County Road 623
Linn, MO
573-897-2408

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