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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
Dakota Wholesale Bait, Inc. 21927 471st Ave.
Brookings, SD
605-693-4422
Adair Thousand Hills Services 20431 State Hwy 157
Kirksville, MO
660-665-3712
Atchison DJ Liquor Store, LLC D/B/A Perry's 17482 US Hwy 136 W
Rock Port, MO
660-744-5464
Benton Get a Bite 29828 Highway M
Edwards, MO
573-345-3380
Benton Sterett Creek Marina 18174 Marina Road
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2280
Benton Puddle Jumpers Bait & Country Mart 11429 Highway Z
Warsaw, MO
660-438-6300
Benton Long Shoal Marina 12735 Steam Boat Road
Warsaw, MO
660-438-2841
Benton Truman Lake Resort, LLC 37394 Highway K
Warsaw, MO
660-438-7576
Benton Shoemake's Bait 33783 Highway FF
Edwards, MO
573-345-4248
Benton Trailside General Store 32707 Berry Bend Avenue
Warsaw, MO
663-438-5122

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