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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
Lewis P.C. Bait 117 North Main
LaGrange, MO
573-655-1005
Stone Ozarks Bait & Tackle 11863 State Hwy 13 Unit 2
Kimberling City, MO
417-739-1116
Stone Ozark Thunder Marine, Inc. 5 Fire Station Road Ste D
Kimberling City, MO
417-739-1452
Camden Ozark Fisheries, Inc 1100 Ozarks Fisheries Rd
Stoutland, MO
573-765-3227
Jasper Outback Archery & Tackle, LLC 410 E 7th Street
Joplin, MO
417-622-4582
Ralls Otto's Bait Shop 2000 Highway 61 S
Hannibal, MO
Benton Osage Mini Mart 915 E Main Street
Warsaw, MO
660-438-9575
Benton Osage Bluff Marina 17393 Osage Bluff Rd
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2939
Camden Osage Beach Bait & Tackle, LLC 5441 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO
573-348-9333
Cedar Orleans Trail Marina 15857 S 1525 Road
Stockton, MO
417-276-5161

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