Live Bait Dealers

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
Camden Mimosa Beach 510 Mimosa Beach Drive
Climax Springs, MO
573-345-3400
Wayne Miller's Bait & Tackle 201 Piedmont Avenue
Piedmont, MO
573-233-3195
Daviess Michael Carpenter 31574 Highway M
Breckenridge, MO
Audrain Mexico Finns & Feathers 2797 S Clark Street
Mexico, MO
573-581-0550
Clay Metro Sportswear LLC 102 N Jefferson Street
Kearney, MO
816-903-6387
Johnson Matthews Ace Hardware 401 N. State Street
Knob Noster, MO
660-563-6332
Howard Matt Sanders 863 County Road 246
Glascow, MO
573-356-1202
Osage Mari Osa Delta Campground 285 Mari Osa Delta Lane
Jefferson City, MO
573-455-2452
St. Louis Malawi Aquatics 11619 W Florrisant Avenue
Florrisant, MO
314-830-6460
St. Louis M&R Hardware 12112 Bellefontaine Road
Saint Louis, MO
314-741-0200

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