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: 132

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

Arts Sports and Liquor

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

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
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

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
5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd, Suite 167
Hazelwood, Missouri 63042
County: St. Louis
Phone: (314) 225-0100

Caplinger Woods RV & Campground

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

Captain's Corner

18419 Collins Rd.
Smithville, Missouri 64089
County: Clay
Phone: (816) 532-0442

CB Stoneys Bait and Tackle

295 West Georgie St
Osborn, Missouri 64474
County: DeKalb
Phone: (816) 244-9409

Cherokee Pass Liquor

6597 Business Highway 67
Fredericktown, Missouri 63645
County: Madison
Phone: (573) 783-7356

Community Shop

200 Elm Street
Sumner, Missouri 64681
County: Chariton
Phone: (660) 856-3089

Country Pets & Ponds LLC

PO Box 1102
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
County: Johnson
Phone: (660) 747-2160

Custom Lures & Bait

1377 Hwy OO
Fredericktown, Missouri 63645
County: Madison
Phone: (573) 561-6957

Dakota Wholesale Bait

21927 471st Avenue
Brookings, South Dakota 57006
Phone: (605) 695-6418

Daniel Reeder

2705 E. Basnet Drive
Ashland, Missouri 65010
County: Boone
Phone: (573) 818-4080


Check the Code

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