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: 184

24 HR Bait Shop

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

54 Quick Stop

10 Lakeland Road
Lake Ozark, Missouri 65049
County: Miller
Phone: (573) 365-1243

54 Shooters Supply

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

Ace Hardware And More

401 N State Street
Knob Noster, Missouri 65336
County: Johnson
Phone: (660) 563-6332

All In Worms Bait & Tackle Shop

2360 HWY D
St. Charles, Missouri 63304
County: St. Charles
Phone: (314) 691-7918
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
5439 MO-165
Branson, Missouri 65616
County: Taney
Phone: (417) 337-7171

Arnold's Bait & Tackle

901 Waters Street
Carrollton, Missouri 64633
County: Carroll
Phone: (660) 542-2304

Arts Sports and Liquor

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

Arts Sports and Liquor

502 Highway 28 W
Owensville, Missouri 65066
County: Gasconade
Phone: (573) 437-5200

B&B Services

302 W State St
Malta Bend, Missouri 65339
County: Saline
Phone: (660) 815-3554

B.A.M. Bait

1965 Madison 249
Fredericktown, Missouri 63645
County: Madison
Phone: (573) 883-6564

Bailey, Glover

856 NE Highway J
Calhoun, Missouri 65323
County: Henry
Phone: (660) 525-4201

Bait Masters

5005 HWY 123
Aldrich, Missouri 65601
County: Polk
Phone: (417) 694-3474

Bait Shop

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

Bakers Bait & Tackle LLC

201 N 65 Hwy
Lincoln, Missouri 65338
County: Benton
Phone: (660) 547-3350

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
3101 Bass Pro Drive
Columbia, Missouri 65202
County: Boone
Phone: (573) 886-7100

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
216 North Main Street
Maryville, Missouri 64468
County: Nodaway
Phone: (660) 582-8990

Billington, Eldon

11239 Forest Ridge Road
Green Castle, Missouri 63544
County: Adair
Phone: (660) 488-6620
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

Bob's Bait

5407 Sawyer Street
St. Joseph, Missouri 64504
County: Buchanan
Phone: (816) 238-2868

Bobby T's One Stop

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


309 E Third Street
Minneapolis, Kansas 67467
Phone: (719) 330-9541

Brown Lumber

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


Check the Code

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