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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.

County Dealersort icon Address Phone
Cass Freeman Market PO Box 307
Freeman, MO
816-250-2484
Camden Fry's Montreal Quick Stop 6599 S State Highway 7
Montreal, MO
573-346-2230
St. Clair Fuzzy's Bait & Booze 3665 NE Old Highway 13
Osceola, MO
417-646-2325
Benton Get a Bite 29828 Highway M
Edwards, MO
573-345-3380
Miller Gier's Bass Pro 105 W 4th Street
Eldon, MO
573-392-4791
Livingston Gil's Live Bait & Tackle 205 Third Street
Chillicothe, MO
660-646-3370
Henry Glover Bailey 856 NE Highway J
Calhoun, MO
660-525-4201
Cass Good Times Liquor & Bait PO Box 786
Peculiar, MO
816-779-7555
Livingston Hale Grocery Bait & Tackle 208 Main Street
Hale, MO
660-565-2912
Knox Harrison Fishery, Inc. 46074 Lassofish Street
Hurdland, MO
660-423-5482

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