Live Bait Dealers


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. Read our Rigging your Pole page to research the kinds of fish you’re after and the bait and lures they are attracted to.

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 invasive carp minnows. See Don’t Spread Crayfish and Invasive Carp Control below to learn more about how these invasive species hurt your fishing prospects.

If you collect live bait yourself, review the Live Bait Regulations, 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.

Are you a Missouri bait dealer, but don't see your name or business listed? Please register with MDC. If you have questions or concerns, please call 573-522-4115, extension 3501 or email

Virile Crayfish

Only the virile (or northern) crayfish is allowed to be sold as live bait by vendors in Missouri. Live virile crayfish may not be imported into the state.

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Live Bait Dealers

11 Point Float Shack
22302 MO 19
Alton, MO 65606
Phone: 417-270-1715
224 Bait Shop
849 W Highway 224
Lexington, MO 64067
County: Lafayette
Phone: 660-232-2103
24 HR Bait Shop
318 Historic 66 West
Waynesville, MO 65583
County: Pulaski
Phone: 573-855-9759
54 Shooters Supply
20230 E 54 HWY
Nevada, MO 64772
County: Vernon
Phone: 417-667-2343
7th Heaven Discount Store
300 N Macon Street
Bevier, MO 63532
County: Macon
Phone: 660-773-6622
Ace Hardware And More
401 N State Street
Knob Noster, MO 65336
County: Johnson
Phone: 660-563-6332
3007 E 10th Street
Trenton, MO 64683
County: Grundy
Phone: 660-359-6849
3147 State Highway YY
Shell Knob, MO 65747
County: Stone
Phone: 417-858-2023
100 Outlet Dr #28
Sikeston, MO 63801
County: Scott
Phone: 573-475-8086
3437 William St
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
County: Cape Girardeau
Phone: 573-803-2546
Arts Sports and Liquor
#8 E Fitzgerald Avenue
Gerald, MO 63037
County: Franklin
Phone: 573-764-2323
Backwoods Rental and Bait LLC
4 Mangrove Rd
Brumley, MO 65017
County: Miller
Phone: 573-539-9159
Bait Shop
19016 N Highway 169
St. Joseph, MO 64505
County: Andrew
Phone: 816-294-6762
Barnes Mart
PO Box 2
Perryville, MO 63775
County: Perry
Phone: 573-547-4150
612 Devils Pool Road
Ridgedale, MO 65739
County: Taney
Phone: 417-334-4860
Bayler Champlin
28211 State HWY B
Holcomb, MO 63852
County: Dunklin
Phone: 573-717-6440
Bear Creek Trapping Supply
212 Front St
Kirksville, MO 63501
County: Adair
Phone: 660-216-3373
612 Devils Pool Rd
Ridgedale, MO 65739
County: Taney
Phone: 417-339-5057
Bertrand Outdoors
100 East Cedar St
Bertrand, MO 63823
County: Mississippi
Phone: 573-233-8101
Big Muddy Bait & Tackle
206 W Ashley Rd
Boonville, MO 65233
County: Cooper
Phone: 660-537-9423
505 E Broadway
Ashland, MO 65010
County: Boone
Phone: 314-565-3045
PO Box 310
Perry, MO 63462
County: Ralls
Phone: 573-565-2233
Blue Springs Lake Marina
1700 NE Bowlin RD
Lees Summit, MO 64064
County: Jackson
Phone: 816-795-1112
Bob's Bait
5407 Sawyer Street
St. Joseph, MO 64504
County: Buchanan
Phone: 816-238-2868
Bolivar Landing Storage
3248 HWY RB
Bolivar, MO 65613
County: Polk
Phone: 417-327-4690
Brian Williams
11142 Hwy AA
Broseley, MO 63932
County: Butler
Phone: 573-718-8190
Broadway Sporting Center
8228 N Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63147
County: Saint Louis
Phone: 314-382-9411
Brown Lumber
100 North Meadows Lane
Pattonsburg, MO 64670
County: Daviess
Phone: 660-367-4329
Bryan Clift
1250 Oak Grove
Niangua , MO 65713
County: Webster
Phone: 417-536-5392
Bucksaw Marina
670 SE 803 Road
Clinton, MO 64735
County: Henry
Phone: 660-477-3900