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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
Jasper Floyd's Bait and Tackle 444 Kansas Avenue
Asbury, MO
417-529-4384
Camden Fitz Fishing Tackle & Supplies 3621 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach, MO
573-693-9299
Howell Fishland 205 Saint Louis Street
West Plains, MO
417-255-2345
Monroe Elk Fork Campground LLC 31298 Hwy 154
Paris, MO
660-676-9433
Phelps DJ's Package & Sporting Goods 214 N Jefferson Street
St. James, MO
573-265-8138
Atchison DJ Liquor Store, LLC D/B/A Perry's 17482 US Hwy 136 W
Rock Port, MO
660-744-5464
Dirk Rawson 10203 Euclid Avenue
Rockport, MO
402-630-5270
St. Louis Dennis Hardware, Inc. 1 Gravois Road
Fenton, MO
636-343-9447
Dakota Wholesale Bait, Inc. 21927 471st Ave.
Brookings, SD
605-693-4422
Madison Custom Lures and Bait 410 Burris Street
Fredericktown, MO

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