Live Bait Dealers

Attention Anglers: Live Crayfish regulations changed 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. 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. Visit 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, 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.

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 3158 or email

Live Bait Dealers

Number of registered live bait dealers: 171

224 Bait Shop

849 W Highway 224
Lexington, Missouri 64067
County: Lafayette
Phone: (660) 232-2103

24 HR Bait Shop

16875 State Route J
Newburg, Missouri 65550
County: Phelps
Phone: (573) 336-5459

54 Shooters Supply

20230 E 54 HWY
Nevada, Missouri 64772
County: Vernon
Phone: (417) 667-2343

7th Heaven Discount Store

300 N Macon Street
Bevier, Missouri 63532
County: Macon
Phone: (660) 773-6622

Ace Hardware And More

401 N State Street
Knob Noster, Missouri 65336
County: Johnson
Phone: (660) 563-6332
3007 E 10th Street
Trenton, Missouri 64683
County: Grundy
Phone: (660) 359-6849
3147 State Highway YY
Shell Knob, Missouri 65747
County: Stone
Phone: (417) 858-2023
5840 Hwy 61
Jackson, Missouri 63755
County: Cape Girardeau
Phone: (573) 987-5500

Arts Sports and Liquor

#8 E Fitzgerald Avenue
Gerald, Missouri 63037
County: Franklin
Phone: (573) 764-2323

Backwoods Rental and Bait LLC

4 Mangrove Rd
Brumley, Missouri 65017
County: Miller
Phone: (573) 539-9159

Bait Shop

19016 N Highway 169
St. Joseph, Missouri 64505
County: Andrew
Phone: (816) 294-6762

Barnes Mart

PO Box 2
Perryville, Missouri 63775
County: Perry
Phone: (573) 547-4150
612 Devils Pool Road
Ridgedale, Missouri 65739
County: Taney
Phone: (417) 334-4860

Bear Creek Trapping Supply

212 Front St
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
County: Adair
Phone: (660) 216-3373
612 Devils Pool Rd
Ridgedale, Missouri 65739
County: Taney
Phone: (417) 339-5057

Bertrand Outdoors

100 East Cedar St
Bertrand, Missouri 63823
County: Mississippi
Phone: (573) 233-8101
PO Box 310
Perry, Missouri 63462
County: Ralls
Phone: (573) 565-2233

Blue Springs Lake Marina

1700 NE Bowlin RD
Lees Summit, Missouri 64064
County: Jackson
Phone: (816) 795-1112

Bobby T's One Stop

2234 N 3rd Street
Saint Charles, Missouri 63301
County: St. Charles
Phone: (636) 946-1722

Bolivar Landing Storage

3248 HWY RB
Bolivar, Missouri 65613
County: Polk
Phone: (417) 327-4690

Brian Williams

11142 Hwy AA
Broseley, Missouri 63932
County: Butler
Phone: (573) 718-8190

Broadway Sporting Center

8228 N Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63147
County: St. Louis
Phone: (314) 382-9411

Brown Lumber

100 North Meadows Lane
Pattonsburg, Missouri 64670
County: Daviess
Phone: (660) 367-4329

Bryan Clift

1250 Oak Grove
Niangua, Missouri 65713
County: Webster
Phone: (417) 536-5392

Bud's Bait

425 E. 96 Hwy.
Carthage, Missouri 64836
County: Jasper
Phone: (417) 358-6119
119 N 169 Hwy
Smithville, Missouri 64089
County: Clay
Phone: (816) 532-4659

Butcher Bait

926 S Market Street
Maryville, Missouri 64468
County: Nodaway
Phone: (660) 853-1733
5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd, Suite 167
Hazelwood, Missouri 63042
County: St. Louis
Phone: (314) 225-0100

Caleb McCartney & Trevor Rush

10641 Malden Creek Rd
Agency, Missouri 64401
County: Clinton
Phone: (816) 248-6428

Caplinger Woods RV & Campground

6647 S 1451 RD
Stockton, Missouri 65785
County: Cedar
Phone: (417) 276-3838


Check the Code

This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year.
Refer to the Wildlife Code.