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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
Franklin Washington Outfitters Bait and Tackle 501 W 5th Street # B
Washington, MO
636-432-1590
Gasconade Whiskers Bait Shop 201 Wharf Street
Hermann, MO
573-486-3488
Gasconade Rhine Valley Game Calls 1486 Old Iron Road
Hermann, MO
573-301-3167
Gasconade Arts Sport & Liquor 502 Highway 28 W
Owensville, MO
573-437-5200
Grundy Triangle C Ranch 3017 Highway 6
Trenton, MO
660-359-6849
Grundy Bill's Bait & Tackle 2020 Princeton Road
Trenton, MO
660-635-0713
Grundy American Sportsman Rod & Gun 3017 Highway 6
Trenton, MO
660-359-6849
Grundy Bill's Variety Shop 605 E 9th Street
Trenton, MO
660-635-0713
Harrison Sportsmans Hut 22141 W State Highway W
Ridgeway, MO
660-868-0934
Henry Cozy Corner RV Park 460 SE 91 Road
Clinton, MO
660-885-8824

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