OK, I hope I don't offend any trout fishermen. In the past 15 or so years, using live trout has become popular in East Tennessee. I had been hearing about this for a while. One of my friends moved to the Watauga River area and caught many stripers over 30 and 40 pounds on trout minnows. It is legal here. From what I understand, if you catch your trout on hook and line, you can use up to your limit on bait. If you get checked by a game warden, of course, you better not have over a limit of trout. Also there's some type of rule if you buy your trout you must show the officer a receipt. At a fish hatchery these trout will run about $9.00 a dozen. Since the nearest fish hatchery is over an hours drive from me, buying and transporting these isn't feasible. But, I live within about 25 minutes of a bait shop that sells them for a little over $2.00 apiece. This is expensive, but I hear they are more hardy on a hook than you would expect. These trout at the tackle shop are plenty big enough to eat. I was just curious, has anyone on here tried live trout for bait? You'd think that any catfish big enough to eat a trout would hit it. Most of these are sold to striper fishermen, but why not try them for cats or muskies? I'm not going to try this until the weather cools down.