Authorized Bait Dealers

To help prevent the spread of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in Minnesota waters, anglers cannot use cisco, smelt, or other VHS susceptible speciesThis link leads to an external site.as bait in any water body except Lake Superior unless it was harvested from a waterbody that tested negative for presence of the VHS virus within the past year, or has been preserved by a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit holder using accepted methods known to make the virus inactive.

The rule was enacted to protect Minnesota's inland waters from VHS, which is now present in Lake Superior. When fishing using preserved cisco or rainbow smelt as bait, anglers must have in their possession the label from the batch of bait being used. The label must contain the bait processor's DNR permit number, the lot number, and the date of processing.

It remains legal to harvest cisco and rainbow smelt for personal consumption in Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters. VHS does not have any impact on humans through direct contact or via fish consumption.

Business Name   Phone Number City
Birchview Resort   218-634-1693 Baudette
Smakem Bait & Tackle   763-535-6822 Crystal
Boylan's Bait   218-839-3627 Deerwood
Collins Fish and Bait Farm   701-371-6881 Dent
D & H Bait Store   218-287-2203 Dilworth
Chalstrom's Bait   218-726-0094 Duluth
Gary Bait Shop   218-626-3195 Duluth
Broke Brothers Bait   218-743-3247 Effie
LaTourell's Inc.   218-365-4531 Ely
Bear Trax of Hillman   320-277-3232 Hillman
Jerry's One Stop   218-363-2252 Longville
Todd's Live Bait   320-592-3615 McGrath
Central Ag and Aquatics   320-983-3825 Milaca
North Country Bait   218-732-7500 Park Rapids
NMR Management Corporation   218-780-2020 Virginia
Outdoors with Jonny P   218-647-9030 Washkish