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 Dealer Address Phone
Dakota Wholesale Bait, Inc. 21927 471st Ave.
Brookings, SD
605-693-4422
Adair Bear Creek Trapping Supply 212 N Front Street
Kirksville, MO
660-216-3373
Adair Kolb Concessions, LLC 20431 State Highway 157
Kirksville, MO
660-665-7119
Adair KV Bait Shop 315 S Davis Street
Kirksville, MO
660-627-2070
Atchison Dirk Rawson 10203 Euclid Avenue
Rockport, MO
402-630-5270
Atchison Perry's Spirits & Tobacco 17482 US Hwy 136 W
Rock Port, MO
660-744-5464
Audrain Mexico Finns & Feathers 2797 S Clark Street
Mexico, MO
573-581-0550
Bates J & J Enterprises R 5 Box 179
Butler, MO
660-464-0101
Bates Pet UR Bait 411 S Orange Street
Butler, MO
660-679-6820
Benton Anglers & Antlers 14561 Highway 7
Warsaw, MO
660-438-6000
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