Is it illegal to use bream for bait in tennessee? I hope not because I've been doing it for years and never thought a thing about it. I was in the bait shop the other day and said something about catching some bream for catfish bait, and this guy said hope you don't get caught. When I ask him what he was talking about he said that they were game fish and it is illegal to use them for bait. Is this true? Am I going to jail? Am I now just a common criminal? Don't tell Arlington he mite turn me in. Really this is not true is it?