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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
Phelps 24 HR Bait Shop 16875 State Route J
Newburg, MO
573-336-5459
St. Louis 367 Bait and Tackle, LLC / Baitshop Unlimited LLC 11841 Benham Road
Saint Louis, MO
314-653-1377
Camden Alhonna Resort 677 Outer Drive
Lake Ozark, MO
573-365-2634
Hickory Alps Foods TYNW, LLC HC 77 Box 3408, Highway 64
Pittsburg, MO
417-852-1111
Grundy American Sportsman Rod & Gun 3017 Highway 6
Trenton, MO
660-359-6849
Franklin Arts Sport & Liquor 8 E Fitzgerald Avenue
Gerald, MO
573-764-2323
Gasconade Arts Sport & Liquor 502 Highway 28 W
Owensville, MO
573-437-5200
Clark Bait & More 127 S Mulberry Street
Alexandria, MO
660-754-1042
Perry Barnes Mart 509 S Kings Highway
Perryville, MO
573-547-4150
Boone Bass Pro Shops, LLC 3101 Bass Pro Drive
Columbia, MO
573-886-7100

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