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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.

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Franklin Wayside South 6823 Highway O
Catawissa, MO
636-257-5600
Franklin West End Station, LLC. 1400 W 5th Street
Washington, MO
636-239-7021
Franklin Arts Sport & Liquor 8 E Fitzgerald Avenue
Gerald, MO
573-764-2323
Franklin Washington Outfitters Bait and Tackle 501 W 5th Street # B
Washington, MO
636-432-1590
DeKalb CBStoney's Bait and Tackle 295 W Georgie Street
Osborn, MO
816-244-9409
Daviess Ropps Fur Buying, LLC 33046 Oval Avenue
Jamesport, MO
660-684-6284
Crawford True Life Taxidermy and Sporting Goods 136 E Pine Street
Bourbon, MO
573-732-4868
Cole Osage Campground 10407 Marina Road
Jefferson City, MO
573-395-4066
Clinton Huffmans Guns & Such, Inc. 505 Center Street
Lathrop, MO
816-528-6864
Clay Burton's Bait & Tackle 119 N 169 Highway
Smithville, MO
816-532-4659

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