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.

Countysort icon Dealer Address Phone
Chariton Burks Baits 28442 Highway 11
Brunswick, MO
Chariton The Bottle 209 W Highway 24
Salisbury, MO
Clark Bait & More 127 S Mulberry Street
Alexandria, MO
Clark The Shaft Shop RR 1 Box 176 S
Kahoka, MO
Clay Paradise Pointe Marina - Clay County Parks Dept. 17201 Paradesian Street
Smithville, MO
Clay Ectonville's On Your Way 8407 NE 92 Highway
Smithville, MO
Clay Burton's Bait & Tackle 119 N 169 Highway
Smithville, MO
Clinton Huffmans Guns & Such, Inc. 505 Center Street
Lathrop, MO
Clinton The Bow Hut 306 N Walnut Street
Cameron, MO
Cole Osage Campground 10407 Marina Road
Jefferson City, MO

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