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
Clay Kelli's Korner 18419 Collins Road
Smithville, MO
816-532-0442
Clay Burton's Bait & Tackle 119 N 169 Highway
Smithville, MO
816-532-4659
Clinton Huffmans Guns & Such Inc. 505 Center Street
Lathrop, MO
816-528-6865
Crawford Video World 373 E Pine Street
Bourbon, MO
573-732-4404
Daviess Kwik Trip Liquor 509 N Main Street
Gallatin, MO
660-633-9247
Daviess Ropp's Fur 33046 Oval Avenue
Jamesport, MO
660-684-6284
Daviess Michael Carpenter 31574 Highway M
Breckenridge, MO
660-359-7100
DeKalb Western Slope Taxidermy & More 110 S Polk Street
Maysville, MO
970-417-8034
Dunklin Charlie's Bait Shop 708 First Street
Kennett, MO
573-559-2190
Dunklin Yorks Quick Shop 1107 Allan Road
Campbell, MO
573-246-3136

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