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La Belle Bait Shop Opens Friday 2-23-2024 – First Delivery of Live Bait

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LA BELLE, MO – Known by area locals as The Bait Shop, this small bait and tackle outpost at 612 N 4th Street in La Belle, Mo is often the final stop for many anglers before they head to their favorite fishing spots. Traditionally closing its doors in late fall and reopening in spring, the shop owners Jesse and Phyllis Rogers are feeling the nearness of spring and the start of the fishing season. The shop reopens this Friday, February 23, ready for returning fishermen with the season’s first delivery of live bait, including fathead minnows, night crawlers, red wigglers, wax worms, and goldfish.

Since its establishment in 2004, The Bait Shop has been a go-to destination for fishing enthusiasts in the area, providing a variety of live bait and a selection of fishing tackle, including hooks and sinkers. This year marks nearly 30 years of operation, which is a determination to their commitment to serving the needs of local anglers here in Lewis and neighboring Knox county.

Phyllis Rogers, who runs the shop alongside her husband Jesse, is not just known for supplying bait; she’s also a valuable source of fishing tips and knowledge, particularly about the local lakes in the western part of Lewis County.

“We’re excited to kick off the season and welcome our customers back,” said Phyllis. “Whether you’re looking to catch crappie early in the season or you’re after catfish, we’ve got the bait.”

Phyllis wants to remind patrons that they only accept cash. No credit cards or checks. 

Lewis County boasts several prime fishing locations. In the western part of the county, you have La Belle Lake, Deer Ridge Lake, and the Middle Fabius River, which offers numerous access points for fishing or canoeing. Henry Sever Lake in Knox county is around 13 miles SW of La Belle near Newark, Mo.

Anglers are reminded to familiarize themselves with the Missouri Fishing Regulations and to ensure they have the appropriate fishing license & permits before heading out. Further information can be found on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website.

The Bait Shop in La Belle  is a Missouri Compliant Bait Dealer with the MDC, and is prepared to meet the needs of the fishing community in La Belle and the surrounding areas. As the season begins, the Rogers look forward to continuing their tradition of serving the local fishing community.

For more information or to get in touch, anglers can contact Phyllis Rogers at 660-216-4901.

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