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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
Miller 54 Quick Stop 10 Lakeland Road
Lake Ozark, MO
573-365-1243
Miller The Dam Bait Shop, LLC 70 Legion Road
Lake Ozark, MO
573-365-9135
Maries Creekside Liquor & Bait 1110 Highway 28 W
Belle, MO
573-859-3528
Maries Vienna Marine LLC 202 Highway 63 S
Vienna, MO
573-422-6100
Madison Custom Lures and Bait 410 Burris Street
Fredericktown, MO
573-561-6957
Madison Cherokee Pass Liquor 6597 Business Hwy 67
Fredericktown, MO
573-783-7356
Madison Mill Creek Bait & Tackle 1744 Bus Highway 67
Fredericktown, MO
573-783-8896
Macon Long Branch Marina 28615 Visitor Center Road
Macon, MO
660-773-5229
Macon Hunters Haven LLC 106 N. Missosuri Street
Macon, MO
660-395-4867
Macon Sinclair Mini Mart 28841 Sunset Drive
Macon, MO
660-385-4320

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