Check out some of the threads on keeping them alive, it's pretty tough. My only choice has been dead, since I haven't had the time to put together a setup to keep them alive. The guys above are right, they work good either way. Just be sure you have a cooler and some ice so they stay as fresh as possible. I usually net them and throw them straight on the ice from the net. From there they go right in the freezer unless I'm catching them right before fishing. Seems to work well, when I thaw them to use they still bleed good.