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
Atchison Dirk Rawson 10203 Euclid Avenue
Rockport, MO
402-630-5270
Camden Dollar Plus 102 Brook Lane
Laurie, MO
573-374-0504
Franklin Don's Bait & Tackle 1340 Parkway Drive
Saint Clair, MO
636-629-1712
Phelps Doss & Fenster Enterprises, LLC 314 N Jefferson Street
Saint James, MO
573-265-8138
Clay Ectonville's On Your Way 8407 NE 92 Highway
Smithville, MO
816-532-2248
Henry Everhart's Outdoor Store 511 E Hillcrest Drive
Clinton, MO
660-885-4436
Camden Fitz Fishing Tackle & Supplies 3621 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach, MO
573-693-9299
Jasper Floyd's Bait and Tackle 444 Kansas Ave.
Asbury, MO
417-529-4384
Laclede Fort Bennett Tradin' Post 11448 Hwy 64
Lebanon, MO
417-588-1391
Cape Girardeau Foutz's Hunting & Fishing LLC 68 S Plaza Way
Cape Girardeau, MO
573-335-0022

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